If you have specific questions about faculty members research,
feel free to contact them personally using the information on the faculty
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Degree Programs Offered:
Ph.D. and M.S. degree programs are offered. However,
as a research institution we primarily admit students to the PhD program.
How To Apply:
There is only one application and it is through the
Graduate School where
you will need to APPLY ONLINE. Along with the general application to
the Graduate School you will complete a departmental form which asks
specific quesitons about your research experience and interests.
Applications for Fall Semester (early September)
support must be completed by January 5 in order to be considered for fellowship
support and February 1 for applications being considered for Teaching and
Research Assistantships. Applications received after February 1 will still
be reviewed but offers will only be made to exceptional applications since
most of our positions will be filled. We prefer not to admit for Spring
Semester (mid January) except under extenuating circumstances.
The minimum requirement for admission
is an undergraduate degree in chemistry or a related area. The TOEFL
test is required for all non-native speakers who have received their
undergraduate degree from a foreign institution. The General GRE scores are required of all applicants. 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). The Subject GRE can be taken in Chemistry or a related discipline.
All full-time doctoral students in
good academic standing receive complete financial support in the form
of fellowships, teaching assistantships or research assistantships. This
support is available throughout a student’s
graduate career. Those with 25%-50% appointments receive a full tuition
waiver and a health insurance package for which you will be charged a
Graduate Assistantship - The
stipend for students being offered an Assistantship from the department
will be about $25,500/yr for 12 months.
Department Fellowships - We award,
to a select number of students, support in addition to the assistantship. More
information on the Promise and Diversity Fellowships can be found
on our Fellowship
Other Fellowship Opportunities - Fellowship opportunities are available for
students who are in their first year of graduate studies and are citizens or
permanent residents of the United States.
The National Science Foundation - http://www.nsf.gov/
The Graduate School has put together an excellent list of other
We augment the fellowship stipends of students who hold a fellowship
from most sources outside the University. The amount of the augmentation
varies and should be discussed with the Director of Graduate Studies
as soon as you know about the fellowship award.
- Tuition, health and
dental insurance are provided to students admitted with financial
support from the department. Support continues as long as satisfactory
progress is maintained. Also, eligible
students may elect to purchase
dependent health and dental care.
Results of Application Review:
We strive to respond as
quickly as possible after your application file has become complete.
Once your application is completed and has been
reviewed, you will receive a letter from the Chemistry Department if
the review has been positive. If the department decides they need more
information, you will be notified by email. If the department decides
not to admit you, you will be notified by the Graduate School.
Accepting/Declining of Offer of Admissions:
We ask that
you notify us in writing as soon as you make your decision to attend
or not attend our program. You may do so by submitting this form.
You also need to reply to the Graduate School. Their
form is online and can be accessed from your Graduate School admissions
letter (link to the Enrollment Form.)
Frequently Asked Questions About The Application Process:
Can I send a paper version
of the applications?
The application requires that you apply online.
2) Can I receive a waiver for the Application Fee?
No, the Graduate School will not waive the fee nor will they allow the
Department to waive the fee for you.
3) Can I defer payment of the application fee until the Department makes
No, the application fee cannot be deferred or waived. All offers of
financial support are pending completion of this application. To be eligible
for a Graduate School Fellowship you must submit the application and
pay the fee by January 5.
4) Can I have a friend or relative in the United States pay the application
fee for me?
Yes. While submitting the online application the payment must be made
by Credit Card.
5) Will you accept applications after the deadline set by the Department?
Applications after February 1 will still be reviewed but offers will
only be made to exceptional applications since most of our positions
will be filled by then.
6) Is it necessary to for me to take an English
The TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS is required of all
international applicants whose native language is not English, except
those who will have completed 24 quarter credits/16 semester credits
(within the past 24 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.
7) What is the minimum score accepted for English Language Examinations?
A score of at least 85 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 are the minimum scores
required for admission to the chemistry graduate program at the University
8) Is it necessary for me to take/submit my subject GRE score?
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). The Subject GRE can be taken in Chemistry
or a related discipline.
9) Is there a minimum GRE/GPA score required for admission to
the chemistry graduate program?
No. All of the application is taken into consideration.
10) 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.
11) Should I send letters of recommendation to the department
or the Graduate School?
Only the Graduate School gets these letters. When you
apply to the Graduate School you will list your references and their
contact information. The letters will be submitted electronically and
we will receive copies of the letters of recommendation from the Graduate
School. Do not have hard copies sent as this will only create confussion
with duplicate submissions.
12) 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 undergraduate institution
or a combination of both if you are enrolled in a graduate program.
You may also include an additional letter or letters from industry,
if applicable. If enrolled in a graduate program then one letter must
be from your research advisor.
13) Should I send a transcript to both the Department
and the Graduate School?
No - all transcripts need to be uploaded with your
graduate school application. http://www.grad.umn.edu/admissions/transcript-uploads
14) Can I defer my admission if accepted?
Please check with Stephanie Stathopoulos if this is
a concern after you have been admitted. email@example.com or (612)
15) What is the class size and the number of applicants
to your program?
Number of Applicants = 350+
Class Size = 40-50
16) Who should I contact if I have any questions about
the application process?
Your first point of contact should be firstname.lastname@example.org. If necessary,
your question will be directed to the DGS.