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 January 15 for fall admission.  Review of applications will begin on or before December 1st.  For spring admission, the application deadline is October 15. 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: Create an account  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, GRE scores, recommendation letters, personal statement, etc.) are completed online through the Admissions Profile in My UI

Materials to send to the Office of Admissions:

  • Official academic records/transcripts (current and former UI students do not need to provide UI transcripts)
  • Official GRE General Test scores from the Educational Testing Service (the University's institutional code is 6681)
  • International students are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores to comply with the university's English Language Proficiency Requirements.
  • Once recommended for admission, 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
E227 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.