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Graduate Admission

Graduate students are primarily admitted to the department to pursue the Ph.D. degree. The M.S. degree and postdoctoral training are also available. An applicant wishing to enter the graduate program must have earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree in pharmacy, medicinal chemistry, chemistry, biochemistry, or a closely related field, and must have completed 1 year of organic chemistry with laboratory (equivalent to CHEM 624, CHEM 625, CHEM 626, and CHEM 627). In all cases, general admission requirements must be met.

Applications are evaluated by the graduate selection committee. Applications must be supported by 1 copy of official transcripts of all previous college and university work, both undergraduate and graduate. In addition, 3 letters of recommendation from current or former teachers, advisers, or employers must be submitted. Students from non-English-speaking countries also must furnish proof of proficiency in English. Graduate Record Examination general test scores are required, and applicants are strongly encouraged to take the subject test in chemistry as well.

The graduate selection committee makes admission decisions based on grade-point averages for previous college work (particularly in the relevant science areas), letters of recommendation, previous research or employment experience relevant to the graduate training being sought, GRE scores, etc. The number of applicants who can be admitted at any time varies, depending on the availability of laboratory space, research facilities, and financial support for research activities, but it is usually about 10 a year.

Graduate applications can be submitted online. All other requested application materials (transcripts, résumé, statement of purpose, recommendation letters, etc.) should be sent directly to the department:

The University of Kansas
Department of Medicinal Chemistry
Malott Hall
1251 Wescoe Hall Drive, Room 4070
Lawrence, KS 66045-7572

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