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Application to Graduate Program In Chemistry


Applying to the University of Minnesota's Chemistry or Chemical Physics Graduate Programs requires completion of the Graduate School application.

Application and Admission

Online Application for Admission Graduate School Website Note: This online application is not complete until you pay the fee with VISA/Mastercard, then submit the application. All materials are submitted electronically through the ApplyYourself application system. Admission decisions are communicated to applicants using this system.

A decision for admission notice will be emailed to you once your application is carefully reviewed by the department’s admission committee and your transcripts and any credentials (test reports, diploma copies, etc.) are authenticated by Graduate School officials.

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International Applicants: The internet-based TOEFL is required for all applicants who have or will complete their undergraduate education at a foreign institution (with the exception of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom).  To be considered for financial support from the Department of Chemistry, minimum total and speaking scores of 85 and 23, respectively, are required for the internet-based TOEFL. The Department will receive your TOEFL scores from the Graduate School Application.

Application Process

All application materials should be submitted directly to the ApplyYourself admissions system. We cannot review your application until all of the required materials listed below are submitted successfully. Please have all material submitted by December 15.

Submission of the following indicate a complete application file:

Materials: Where to submit: How to submit:


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Required fields: Personal Information, Application Information, Educational Background, Languages, Awards & Activities, Employment/Residence Information, Financial Support, Applicant Statements #1 & #2, and Recommendations.

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Application Fee

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Unofficial transcripts or academic records should be uploaded directly to the online application. Please do not mail in 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.

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Letters of     

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Acceptable recommendations will come from current or former professors who can assess your potential for graduate work. Other recommenders, such as employers, are also acceptable. Paper copies are not accepted.

English Language test scores
(TOEFL, IELTS, etc.)

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Program application  

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Complete the Chemistry program application form on ApplyYourself. 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. And you will be asked for a listing of any honors/awards, publications and scientific presentations. Please do not send a resume or vita.

GRE Scores

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Our department requires 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). Scores should be entered in the Test Information-Self-Reported field in ApplyYourself.
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Inquiries to the Graduate School may be directed to:

Inquiries to the Chemistry Department may be directed to:

Your application will be reviewed as soon as all the above information is received and you will be notified when the decision is made. The Chemistry Department does not send acknowledgments upon receipt of applications nor will we automatically notify applicants of missing documents. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure the arrival of all necessary documents to their correct recipients.

Please note that in general we admit graduate students for fall semester only. Only under unusual circumstances will students be allowed to begin their studies at another time during the academic year.