Common Questions & Answers

Application Fee

Can I receive a waiver for the application fee?

  • No, the Graduate School will not waive the fee nor will it allow the department to waive the fee.

Can I defer payment of the application fee until the department makes a decision?

  • No, the application fee cannot be deferred or waived.
  • All offers of financial support are pending completion of the application.
  • To be eligible for a Graduate School Fellowship, you must submit the application and pay the fee by December 15.

Can I have a friend or relative in the United States pay the application fee for me?

  • Yes. The payment must be made by credit card.

English Language exams

Is it necessary to for me to take an English language examination?

  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB), or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are required of all international applicants whose native language is not English
    • Except those who will have completed 48 quarter credits/32 semester credits (within the past 48 months) in residence as a full-time student at a recognized institution of higher learning in the United States before entering the University of Minnesota.

What is the minimum score accepted for English language examinations?

  • At least 90 on the Internet-based TOEFL with section scores of 21 on writing and 19 on reading (550 on the paper based TOEFL), and 23 on speaking
  • 6.5 on the IELTS or
  • 80 on the MELAB examinations

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is it necessary for me to take/submit my subject Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score?

  • Yes, our department requires the general GRE scores for admission.
  • A subject GRE score is not required.
    • However, if available, a subject GRE helps the admission committee make better decisions, particularly, in cases where undergraduate transcripts are more difficult to evaluate.
    • This is especially true for international applicants, who are strongly encouraged to submit the GRE subject score.
    • The subject GRE can be taken in chemistry or a related discipline.

Is there a minimum GRE/GPA score required for admission to the chemistry graduate program?

  • No. All of the application is taken into consideration.

Educational Testing Service (ETS)

What codes do I give ETS when requesting my GRE or TOEFL to be sent?

  • GRE: The Institution Code is 6874, and the Department code is 0301.
  • TOEFL: The Institution Code is 6874, and the Department Code is 62.

Letters of Recommendation

Should I send letters of recommendation to the department or the Graduate School?

Only the Graduate School receives those letters.

  • When you apply to the Graduate School, you list your references and their contact information.
  • Letters are submitted electronically.
  • We receive copies of the letters of recommendation from the Graduate School.
  • Do not send hard copies; this creates confusion with duplicate submissions.

Do the letters of recommendation need to be from faculty in my undergraduate institution? What if I am currently enrolled in another graduate program?

  • Yes, letters should be from your faculty at your undergraduate institution, or a combination of both undergraduate and graduate faculty, if you are enrolled in a graduate program.
  • You may also include additional letters from industry.
  • If enrolled in a graduate program, one letter must be from your research adviser.


  • 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
    • Director of Graduate Studies In Chemical Physics
    • Professor Aaron Massari