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Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry

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Graduate Admission


Before beginning graduate work, students should have completed a bachelor’s degree in chemistry or a related field.


To apply for admission, students must submit a completed graduate application, one transcript, Graduate Record Examination scores (strongly encouraged), and 3 recommendations from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic background and abilities. International applicants must supply scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language. It is strongly recommended that international applicants submit scores from the Internet-based TOEFL-iBT rather than the paper-based TOEFL-PBT. Applications should be received by April 15 to be considered for fall semester.

To apply, complete the appropriate chemistry department online inquiry form. From there, you will be directed to the online graduate application. Send all other requested application materials to the department:

The University of Kansas
Department of Chemistry
Malott Hall
1251 Wescoe Hall Dr., Room 2010
Lawrence, KS 66045-7572


A committee of departmental faculty members reviews application materials. Admission as a regular graduate student is based on an expectation that the applicant

  1. Will complete the courses listed in the Prerequisites section before enrollment in the graduate program,
  2. Will attain a grade-point average of B or higher in chemistry and all other natural science and mathematics courses, and
  3. Will fulfill general admission requirements.

There must also be a favorable evaluation of the other application materials.

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