Application and Admission

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Applications are invited from candidates that intend to pursue a Ph.D. degree. In order to receive full consideration, application materials should be received by the Department of Chemistry by February 15th for fall admission.  Admission is competitive, and applicants that receive offers for fall admission must notify the Department of their decision by April 15.

How to Apply

To apply to the Chemistry Graduate Program, you will need to create an account to begin the application process. Recommendation letters need to include a Letter of Recommendation Form (this file must be downloaded and then completed). Submission of program-specific materials (e.g., Supplemental Data Form, recommendation letters, personal statement, etc.) are completed online through the Admissions Profile in My UI. Please allow up to 24 hours for your profile to become active after you create your account.

Materials to send to the Office of Admissions:

  • Unofficial academic records/transcripts (current and former UI students do not need to provide UI transcripts)
  • International students are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores to comply with the university's English Language Proficiency Requirements (institutional code 6681)
  • Once recommended for admission, all students must submit official transcripts and international students must send a Financial Statement

The $60 application fee ($100 for international students) is payable by Visa, Mastercard, or Discover.

Contact Information:

Department of Chemistry
The University of Iowa
E331 Chemistry Building
Iowa City, IA 52242-1294

Office of Admissions
The University of Iowa
107 Calvin Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242-1396

Minimum Requirements for Admission

  • A U.S. bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or an equivalent degree from another country as determined by the Office of Admissions
  • If applicable, a minimum TOEFL score of 81 on the Internet-based test (iBT) or 550 on the paper-based test (PBT); or an IELTS score of 7.0 with no section score lower than 6.0.