Application Information

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cincinnati.

Please check out the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) link before emailing/calling. Many of your questions can be answered here.

Students applying for the PhD program will be automaticaly considered for teaching assistantships. Also, we do not extend offers of conditional admissions to our graduate programs.  


To apply for the PhD program in Chemistry at the University of Cincinnati:
Complete an online application and pay the University required fee of $65 (domestic) and $70 (international). Your application cannot be evaluated until the University required fee has been paid.
Questions regarding application fee waivers: see below.

  1. GRE Scores are no longer required.
  2. Unofficial copies of all transcripts can now be uploaded during the application process.  If admitted to our program, official transcripts of all colleges/universities will need to be sent before joining the program
  3. Please have your TOEFL scores (if required) sent directly to the University of Cincinnati from ETS. The ETS code for the University of Cincinnati is 1833.  The Graduate School downloads IELTS scores that have been transmitted to their e-download account.  Self reported scores will not complete your application nor will scores that are below the minimum qualifying scores.  For proper matching of your test score(s) to your application, please use the same email address for both your test registration and your admissions application. 

Admission Requirements

  1. Three letters of recommendation
  2. CV/Resume
  3. Personal statement of research interests (including area of proposed study such as organic, physical, etc.) and reason for wanting to attend the University of Cincinnati.
  4. Standardized Tests of English Proficiency: TOEFL score (international students only) iBT min 80 (with speaking >17) OR IELTS 6.5+ overall band OR Pearson Test of English (PTE) 54, Duolingo English Test with a score of
    at least 110.  More information on English Proficiency Requirements:
  5. Official transcripts of all colleges/universities attended (only required if accepting an offer of admission.  Unofficial transcripts are used for evaluation purposes only).

Deadline for Receipt of Materials
The Department of Chemistry begins reviewing completed applications in early January. The Fall application will close on March 1 annually. There are no Spring admissions.


  1.  Application fees can be waived upon request (please fill out the form with the link below), but not guaranteed, depending on the number of requests and the available funding. Applicants who need help with the application fee   should fill out the google sheet with the link provided below before November 10, 2023.
  2.  If your request is approved, you will be notified by December 15, 2023.
  3.  An approved waiver request does not imply you will be admitted or have a better chance to be admitted.
  4.  Apply for the fee waiver here: NOW CLOSED FOR 24 APPLICATIONS   

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Chemistry Graduate Admissions Coordinator by email at