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.
  • 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 15.
Materials How to submit
Application Personal Information, Application Information, Educational Background, Languages, Awards & Activities, Employment/Residence Information, Financial Support, Applicant Statements #1 & #2, and Recommendations.
Application fee A separate application fee must accompany each program application for admission.
The application fee cannot be waived nor deferred, and is non-refundable.
Pay the application fee by using a valid credit card.
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 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. You will be asked for a listing of honors/awards, publications, and scientific presentations. Do not send a resume or vita.
Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) scores We require the general GRE scores for admission. A subject GRE score is not required but if available will help the admission committee to make better decisions, in particular in cases where undergraduate transcripts are more difficult to evaluate (which is especially true for international applicants, who are strongly encouraged to submit the GRE subject score).

When is the application deadline?

December 15

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
gsquest@umn.edu

Chemistry Graduate Office
chmapply@umn.edu

Contact

  • Prospective Graduate Students
    Application Information
    chmapply@umn.edu
    (612) 624-8008
    Fax: 1-612-624-5724

    Stephanie Stathopoulous
    Assistant to the Director of Graduate Studies
    135 Smith Hall
    (612) 624-8008
    stephs@umn.edu

    Current Students
    Nancy Thao
    Assistant to the Director of Graduate Studies
    115 Smith Hall
    chemgrad@umn.edu
    (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