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.

***Note: The department does not offer teaching assistantships to any students applying for the Masters degree in chemistry - only those students applying for the PhD program will be considered for teaching assistantships. Also, we do not extend offers of conditional admissions to our graduate programs.  CURRENTLY THE DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY IS NOT OFFERING THE MS IN CHEMISTRY DEGREE OPTION.

To apply for the MS or PhD programs in Chemistry at the University of Cincinnati:

  1. 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.  Application fees can be waived upon request based on need.  Applicants who need help with the application fee can send a request to with a brief statement justifying the request.  In addition, to help us evaluate your eligibility for application fee waiver, could you send your GPA, unofficial transcript, and language test scores? We should be able to let you know the decision of fee wavier by the end of this December.   DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR THE WAIVER IS 12/10/22.
  2. 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 our e-download account. Please contact your test center and request that your scores be sent to the following IELTS e-download account:
      • University of Cincinnati - Graduate School
        110 Van Wormer Hall
        PO Box 210627
        Ohio, 45221-0621
        United States
  3. 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.

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. Video clips are optional but highly recommended
  5. TOEFL score (international students only) iBT >80 (with speaking >17) OR IELTS 6.5+ OR Pearson Test of English (PTE) 54, OR ELS Level 112 courses. 
    NEW: We now accept Duolingo English Test with a score of at least 110
  6. Official transcripts of all colleges/universities attended (only required if accepting an offer of admission.  Unofficial transcripts are used for evaluation purposes only).
  7. Deadline for complete applications is January 15 (see below for more info)

Effective September 17, 2020, GRE scores are no longer required.

Deadline for Receipt of Materials

The Department of Chemistry begins reviewing completed applications in early January. All complete applications received by January 15 annually will receive full consideration for financial aid including departmental Fellowships. The deadline for applications for Fall admission is March 1 annually. Late applications (received after March 1) will be evaluated only if openings are available and would still be considered for financial aid and departmental fellowships. There are no Spring admissions.

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