Admission Requirements

Apply to this program through a central application. Review the sections below before you begin. 

Assistantships and application deadlines

Initial review of applications for program admission begins March 1 for subsequent fall semesters and October 1 for subsequent spring semesters.  Late applications may be considered based on program enrollment.  Evaluation of applications for teaching assistantships begins on April 1 for fall and November 1 for spring and will continue until positions are filled.  Applicants for assistantships must first be accepted into the program, and files must be complete to be considered.

Entrance requirements

Students admitted to the graduate chemistry program in full standing must meet the following requirements:

  1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in the U.S. or equivalent training in a foreign university.
  2. A minimum overall GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale, or a minimum GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale for the last 60 hours of course work.
  3. Scores from the Verbal Reasoning , Quantitative Reasoning, and Analyitcal Writing sections of the Graduate Record Examination.  Normally, students are expected to score at or above the 50th percentile on each section of the GRE.  A waiver of this requirement may be requested for exceptional circumstances.
  4. International applicants from countries not recognizing English as the primary official language are additionally required to submit a score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of not less than 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (internet-based) and with a minimum of 50th percentile on the Listening Comprehension Section.
  5. A minimum undergraduate foundation in chemistry and supporting content consisting of two semesters of general chemistry with lab, two semesters of organic chemistry with lab, one semester of analytical chemistry with lab, one semester of inorganic chemistry, two semesters of calculus, and two semesters of college-level physics, all with grades of “C-” or better and with a combined GPA of not less than 3.00.  Applicants lacking any of the foundation courses listed may not be admitted until the deficiencies are rectified with appropriate course.

Students who do not meet the grade point standards outlined above may be granted conditional admission to the program.  As conditions of admission, students will be required to complete a minimum of 9 hours of specified graduate courses with a GPA of at least 3.00 to be advanced to full standing in the program.