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Graduate Admissions

Degree Programs
The Chemistry Department offers two Masters Degree programs and a Ph.D. program. The Master's degree program is the program that all students first enter, even ones that want to eventually work towards the Ph.D. The Chemistry Department has two master's degree programs. We have a thesis-based M.S. Degree program, that is designed for full-time students who will be doing research in the department as well as writing and defending a thesis. In general, thesis-based M.S. degree is for research students who want to finish with a master's degree. Our second program is an M.A. program that is intended for either 1) research students who want to eventually transition into the Ph.D. program (after they have completed the M.A.) or 2) part-time students who want a coursework masters degree, which can be completed at night. This program does not require thesis research or the writing of a thesis. If a student enters the department knowing they want to eventually transition into the Ph.D. program, the M.A. is the best option for the student; however, the student should be performing research as if they were in the thesis-based M.S. program. Below is a summary of the options for programs to apply:

  • If you are an incoming student with a B.A. or B.S. and want to only get a research-based M.S. degree, apply for the M.S. degree.
  • If you are an incoming student with a B.A. or B.S. and want to eventually work on your Ph.D., apply for the M.A. degree. You can apply to transition into the Ph.D. once you complete the M.A. requirements.
  • If you already have a MS degree and want to apply to the Ph.D. program, apply for the Ph.D. degree.
  • If you are in industry and want a non-thesis Master's, apply for the M.A. degree.
  • The department will differentiate between thesis & non-thesis students.

Application Deadlines

If possible, we really prefer that our new, incoming graduate students start on July 1st.  If this is possible you should apply for the summer term.  If you can start on August 1st, choose the Fall term.  If you can start on January 1st, choose the Spring term.

Application Deadline for Beginning Term

Summer: January 15 (International: January 15)

Fall: January 15 (International: January 15)

Spring: October 1 (International: October 1)

Admission Requirements - U.S. Students
Domestic applicants for graduate study in chemistry must have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, usually in chemistry or biochemistry, although other science majors will be considered. A minimum of 18 semester hours (minimum 2.7 GPA) of upper division undergraduate chemistry courses including, organic chemistry (2 semesters), quantitative analysis (1 semester) and physical chemistry (2 semesters) would normally be required for admission. Students who do not meet these criteria may complete these prerequisites as part of their graduate program, though not for graduate credit.  Students who have not completed equivalent coursework in upper level undergraduate inorganic and Instrumental Analysis will also be required to complete these courses.

The Department also requires the completion of the general GRE Aptitude Test.

Students should submit an application form, resume, transcript(s), 3 letters of recommendation, and a personal goal statement (about 500 words), along with a payment for $55. Click here to link to the Graduate School webpage for classified applications.  For more information click here for the Graduate School's FAQ's about applying.

Admission Requirements - International Students
International applicants need to fulfill the same requirements as domestic students (see above). This includes the general GRE exam. Copies of degree certificates are not considered sufficient: applicants must submit original institutional transcripts, which clearly describe the courses taken and their corresponding grades. Citizens of non-English-speaking countries must submit TOEFL results with a minimum score of 550 written, 213 computer, or 80 internet based, as required by the Graduate School. Three personal potential index evaluations are optional. Applicants may seek further information from the University's International Center website.  For more information click here for the Graduate School's FAQ's about applying.

Graduate Assistantships
A number of teaching and research assistantships (12 month appointments) are available to students enrolling in the graduate program. Click here for more information.

Unclassified Applications
We welcome applications from students interested in taking chemistry graduate courses without leading to a thesis-based M.S. or M.A. degree. To apply as an unclassified student, click here.

Probationary Admission
US applicants who do not meet the above requirements may be admitted with probationary status at the discretion of the Department and with the permission of the Graduate School. They may then petition for full classified status provided elevation in academic standing has been demonstrated (minimum 3.0 GPA) following their first semester of coursework.

Although there is no formal deadline for admission to the Graduate Program, applicants wishing to be considered for an assistantship (beginning July 1st when most stipends become available) should have their complete application package submitted by January 15th.

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