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Graduate Program

Admission Guidelines
and Deadlines

The links on this page contain general information on the admission process. If you still have questions feel free to contact us at:

Assistant to the DGS
Department of Chemistry
University of Minnesota
207 Pleasant St. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
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612-624-8008 (Twin Cities metro calls)
1-800-777-2431 (toll free)
Fax: 1-612-624-5724
Email: chmapply@umn.edu

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To learn more about the Graduate School at the University of Minnesota visit http://www.grad.umn.edu/admissions.

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.


Application Deadlines:
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.

Program Requirements:
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.

Financial Support:
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 minimal fee.

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 website.
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 funding opportunities.

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.

Benefits - 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:
1) 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 a decision?

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 language examination?

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 of Minnesota.

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. stephs@umn.edu or (612) 624-8008

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 chmapply@umn.edu. If necessary, your question will be directed to the DGS.

 
 
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