Applications to the Chemistry Graduate Program are free of charge with an application fee waiver.
The process involves two steps: 1) Pre-Screening Application, 2) Formal Application.
|Step||Fall Start Date||Spring Start Date|
|Review of pre-screening applications begins||Jan. 15||Sept. 1|
|Applicants notified of fee waivers||Feb. 1||Sept. 15|
|Review of formal applications begins||Feb. 15||Oct. 1|
|Applicants notified of official admissions decision||April||Oct.|
|Semester start dates||Mid Aug.||Early Jan.|
All applicants must meet the minimum requirements for the UI Chemistry-General Option B.S. degree as found here. Failure to meet these standards will result in denial of your application.
I. Pre-Screening Application
Applicant sends an email to the Department of Chemistry (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the following attached:
- Pre-Screening and Application Fee Waiver Form (PDF)
- All higher education academic transcripts (unofficial copies are sufficient)
Transcripts in a language other than English must be accompanied by a translation.
- Merge application and transcripts into 1 pdf document. You can find programs to do this for free online.
- Save your pdf file as Lastname, Firstname Middle intial(s)-Semester Year (Smith, John M J-Fall 2023.pdf)
- Do not include any other documents. They will not be reviewed. This includes, CVs, certificates, publications, and letters.
- There should only be the 1 attachment to your email.
- GRE exam scores are not required but preference will be given to those who submit scores. Enter in proper section of pre-screening application form.
- GPA > 3.0/4.0 (US scale) You may use the WES iGPA Calculator or the Scholaro GPA Calculator if your school is on a different scale.
- GRE scores are not required.
- Strong preference will be given to applicants who include GRE Chemistry Subject Test results
- Minimum TOEFL score of 79/IELTS 6.5 or an equivalent language proficiency test accepted by Graduate Admissions (required only for applicants from countries where English is not the official language)
II. Formal Application
Applicants selected in pre-screening are notified by email and encouraged to submit a formal admissions application to the Graduate Admissions Office. The application fee will be paid by the department for selected applicants. Applicants complete an online application form and submit supporting documents as instructed on the Graduate Admissions website. Final admissions decisions are made based on evaluation of formal applications.
Applicants who are not selected in pre-screening are also notified by email. These applicants (or those who wish to skip the pre-screening process) may still choose to submit a formal application (with fee payment) directly to Graduate Admissions. All applicants will be given equal consideration by the departmental graduate admissions committee based on their formal application.
The formal application process is detailed below:
- Complete the formal online application
- Submit the following documents as instructed on the Graduate Admissions website.
- All higher education transcripts and academic credentials
- Three letters of recommendation (uploaded by the recommenders into the application)
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- Statement of career objectives
- GRE test scores are not required, but preference will be given to those who submit scores..
- Additional preference will be given to applicants who include GRE Chemistry Subject Test results.
- TOEFL official results (or an equivalent language proficiency test accepted by Graduate Admissions; required only for applicants from countries where English is not the official language; minimum TOEFL score of 79)
More information about the formal application process is available on the Graduate Admissions website.
We look forward to reviewing your application and sincerely hope to have the opportunity to welcome you to our Department of Chemistry as a graduate student!