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.  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, IELTS, etc. score for admission as it is handled by the International Office and Graduate School.  All information about English exams can be found here:  Additionally, all TAs will be required to be evaluated for their English proficiency in a separate assessment.

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 stipend is at least $23,000 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?
For full consideration of your application for Fall admission, please have all of your materials submitted by late fall/winter of the previous year. The soft deadline from the Graduate School is April 1, but offers are likely to have already been made by then. Spring admission is atypical and will only be considered in exceptional cases.

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 emailing

8. What campus houses the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry?
The Oxford main campus.

9. Can the application fee be waived?
No, this fee cannot be waived for any reason. This is a policy set forward by the Graduate School and cannot be affected by our Department.


Further inquiries should be directed to the Graduate Program Coordinator at