Once the Graduate School receives all of the application materials, they forward the application materials to the Integrated and Applied Sciences (IAS) Program Director. The Director forwards the application to the proposed IAS faculty mentor(s) for confirmation of a funding mechanism for supporting the student. If funding is sufficient, the IAS Program Director forwards the application to the IAS Administrative Committee for review. All graduate students in the IAS program are supported on external funds provided by the mentor(s).
The IAS Administrative Committee will ensure that the applicant possesses a minimum of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited, recognized college or university in a discipline relevant to the research of the IAS faculty mentor, along with a passing score on the TOEFL. The IAS Administrative Committee ensures that the applicant’s previous academic record indicates the ability needed to pursue advanced studies (typically a GPA of at least 2.7/4.0). The IAS Administrative Committee makes an admissions recommendation to the Graduate School, but the Graduate School is responsible for making the final decision and communicating that decision to both IAS Program Director and the applicant.
Students entering the Chemistry track with a BA or BS undergraduate degree are admitted as Chemistry MS(R) students and may petition to formally enter the PhD program upon successful completion of the MS(R) degree usually within the first two years of the program. This does not necessarily add further time to the PhD matriculation.