What are the requirements for a chemistry graduate degree?

You must have a bachelor's degree in chemistry or closely-related field.

How do I apply?

You apply to our chemistry or chemical physics graduate programs through the University of Minnesota Graduate School website.

  • This comprehensive site walks you through the application process.
  • There is a supplemental application for our chemistry or chemical physics programs.
  • Applicants should apply to either the chemistry or the chemical physics program but not both. Applying to both does not increase an applicant’s likelihood to get accepted.
  • Resource information for graduate students is also available through the College of Science & Engineering.

What does the application include?

  • Items that need to be completed in the application process are outlined in the chart.
  • Entire application and materials must be submitted online.
  • Complete the supplemental application for our chemistry or chemical physics programs.
  • We cannot review your application until all of the required materials are submitted successfully.
  • The deadline is December 1.
  • We will not consider the general or subject GRE scores in making admission decisions; do not submit them. 
Materials How to submit
Application Personal Information, Application Information, Educational Background, Languages, Awards & Activities, Employment/Residence Information, Financial Support, Applicant Statements (Personal and Diversity), and Recommendations.
Under "other materials" we only need the Description of Research.
Application fee A separate application fee must accompany each program application for admission.
Pay the application fee by using a valid credit card.
For information on application fee waivers, see Common Questions.
Transcripts Unofficial transcripts or academic records should be uploaded directly to the online application. Do not mail paper copies of your transcripts: there is no need for official transcripts or academic records for initial review. If you are admitted, the University will then request official copies of this material.
Letters of recommendation Acceptable recommendations can come from current or former professors who can assess your potential for graduate work, and employers. Paper copies are not accepted.
English language test scores The TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS is generally required of all applicants whose first language is not English, regardless of U.S. Citizenship status.
Program application Complete the chemistry/chemical physics program application. You will be asked your area of interest and which faculty you are interested in. You will need to upload a statement about your research experience and future research interests (this would be specific to our program). You will be asked for a listing of honors/awards, publications, and scientific presentations. You do not need to send a resume or vita.

Required Material: Personal Statement, Description of Research
Optional Material: Diversity Statement, Extenuating Circumstances Statement
Not Needed:  Resume/CV, Writing Sample, no additional program material

When is the application deadline?

December 1

When will I know that I have been admitted?

  • Your application will be reviewed as soon as all the application information is received.
  • You will be notified when the decision is made.
  • Typically, we admit graduate students for fall semester only.

Whom do I contact if I have questions?

Graduate School

Chemistry Graduate Office


  • Prospective Graduate Students
    Application Information
    (612) 624-8008
    Fax: 1-612-624-5724

    Stephanie Stathopoulous
    Assistant to the Director of Graduate Studies
    135 Smith Hall
    (612) 624-8008

    Current Students
    Nancy Thao
    Assistant to the Director of Graduate Studies
    115 Smith Hall
    (612) 624-0313

    • Director of Graduate Studies in Chemistry
    • Professor Philippe Buhlmann
    • buhlmann@umn.edu
    • Director of Graduate Studies In Chemical Physics
    • Professor Aaron Massari
    • massari@umn.edu