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Graduate Admission

Students with bachelor’s or master’s degrees in chemistry, pharmacy, the biological sciences, material sciences, chemical engineering or related disciplines are encouraged to seek admission. Except under unusual circumstances, we review and accept candidates for admission to fall semester only. All required materials must be received before the department can begin to consider an application.

Required materials to be sent to the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry include the following:

  1. Graduate Record Examination results (not more than 5 years old) forwarded directly to Graduate Studies/Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the Educational Testing Service. Photocopies of results are not permissible. The institution code for the University of Kansas is R6871. The Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry’s code is R0305.
  2. Test of English as a Foreign Language results if applicable. These may not be required if you have completed a degree in an English-speaking country. The current list is limited to the U.S., England, Australia, and New Zealand. Contact the Office of Graduate Studies to learn if your institution is recognized.
  3. Official transcripts from all universities/institutions in which the applicant has studied.
  4. KU’s graduate application.
  5. The application processing fee (amount varies).
  6. A brief personal statement (about one page) that helps us understand why you are interested in graduate studies and specifically why KU’s department.
  7. An updated copy of your résumé indicating relevant experience, including educational and research experience, if applicable.
  8. 3 letters of recommendation from people you believe are best qualified to comment on your potential to succeed in graduate studies. There is no template for letters of recommendation, but please make sure they are on official letterhead.

All of these items should be sent to the department:

The University of Kansas
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Attn: Nancy Helm
McCollum Laboratories
2095 Constant Ave.
Lawrence, KS 66047-3729

Telephone: 785-864-4822, fax: 785-864-5736,

Although the department does not have a formal application deadline, the faculty begins evaluations of applications around January 15 each year. To ensure full consideration, it is highly recommended that complete applications be in the department far in advance of January 15.

Admitted students receive a competitive stipend, tuition, and basic health insurance. Students also can be selected to participate in the Takeru Higuchi and Nigel Manning Ph.D. Intersearch Program, allowing them to conduct a portion of their research at the Victorian College of Pharmacy ( at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. In addition, students are encouraged to participate in other industrial and/or academic internship programs the department offers.

A number of fellowship awards are offered to recognize academic superiority and to assist meritorious students in the timely completion of their degree programs. The number of fellowships awarded each year depends upon available funds. For a description of funding opportunities for KU graduate students, visit the Graduate Studies website. Students with particularly outstanding undergraduate records may be eligible for special awards. The Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry is a Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellowship Program partner at KU. The program provides a generous stipend and tuition to outstanding students for 4 years of graduate study.

At the department level, the Takeru Higuchi and Siegfried Lindenbaum Fellowships are awarded each year to incoming graduate students with high promise.

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access,, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785)864-6414, 711 TTY.