Frequently Asked Questions

1. What chemistry background do I need to apply?
For admission in full standing to either the Ph.D. or M.S. programs, applicants must have completed a baccalaureate degree in chemistry or a closely related subject. All applicants should have completed the following undergraduate core requirements: analytical chemistry – quantitative analysis and instrumental analysis biochemistry – one semester inorganic chemistry – one semester course plus lab calculus-based physical chemistry – 2 semester, junior-level course chemistry is a multidisciplinary science and some applicants with undergraduate degrees in closely related areas may wish to pursue an advanced degree in chemistry. Applicants who have not completed the above core requirements may still be admitted on a case-by-case basis. However, these students are required to remedy all deficiencies. If an applicant has not completed 2 semesters of organic chemistry, 2 semesters of physics and 2 semesters of calculus, they will be asked to complete these courses and then reapply.

2. What GRE score do I need for admission? Do I need to take the chemistry GRE exam?
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry does not have a minimum GRE requirement. We make our admission decisions based on the entire application package. The scores a typical applicant who has gained admission is v+q of at least 1000 and a writing score of at least 3.5. We do not require the GRE Chemistry exam. However, if an applicant chooses to take the exam, it may strengthen their application.

3. I am a non-native English speaking international student. What TOEFL score do I need?
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry does not have a minimum TOEFL score for admission. The scores a typical applicant who receives admission is 600 (paper based test), 250 (computer based test) or 100 (internet based test).

4. What financial support is available?
The department offers Teaching Assistantships to all of the M.S .and Ph.D. students that we admit. The current stipend is $18,500 for 12 months. There are also honors fellowships for highly qualified applicants and minority fellowships available through the graduate school.

5. When should I apply?
The Department does not have a deadline, but the graduate school should receive your application for the Fall semester during the previous Fall or early in the Spring semester for full consideration. The University has soft deadlines of April 1 for Fall and October 1 for Spring semester. We accept new applications until all of our positions are filled.

6. Do you require letters of recommendation and a personal statement?
We require three (3) letters of recommendation and a personal statement outlining your background, career aspirations and motivation for graduate studies. Contact information for the letters are entered during the online application.  The personal statement is uploaded directly during the online application process. You can apply online through the Graduate School’s website at Graduate Application.

7. How do I check the progress of my application?
You can check on the receipt of your GRE, transcripts, and for international students, the TOEFL score through the Graduate School’s website at Status. Your application is not complete and cannot be reviewed for admission until the Graduate School has received the official scores and transcripts. The Department then reviews the applications, makes admissions decisions and Teaching Assistantship offers. If all of your official documents have been received, you can check on the progress of your application in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry by email.