Graduate Student FAQs
Review this website. Once students apply, we frequently invite them to visit the department and meet with students, staff and faculty.
The PhD or the MS program? If your intended terminal degree is a MS, then you should apply to the MS program. If your intended terminal degree is a PhD, then you should apply to the PhD program. (Applicants for the PhD program are not required to hold a MS degree.)
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 April 1 annually. Late applications (received after April 1) will be evaluated only if openings are available. There are no Spring admissions.
Once you submit the online application, you will receive an email notifying you that the online application is complete. Once your application file is complete, you will be notified by email, and your application file will be given to a committee of faculty members for review. Review of your application may take a long time. We receive hundreds of applications, and our program is sufficiently small that it takes time to construct each graduate class. If your application is complete and we have not contacted you with a decision, then your application is still under review and you are still being considered for admission. We understand that attending graduate school is a very important decision for you, and we appreciate your patience during the admissions process.
Once your application is complete, it will be given to a committee of faculty members who will review it. The committee will review your personal statement, GRE General Test and TOEFL scores, previous grades & curriculum, research experience, and letters of recommendation. We recognize that each candidate is unique and has been shaped by a particular set of circumstances and experiences. Therefore, we do not have strict minimums or averages for grades, GRE and TOEFL scores. Other important factors in evaluating candidates include previous education, extracurricular activities, motivation, research interests, and reason(s) for wanting to pursue graduate studies in chemistry.
No. We only offer admission to students for the graduate program beginning in the fall semester of each academic year.
No. However, if you provide it, we will consider your TSE score in evaluating your application. All international applicants are required to submit their scores from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) which is administered by the Educational Testing Service. To find more information on the TOEFL and how you can take this exam, please visit: www.ets.org.