G Chemistry

How To Apply

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Students may begin the Master's program in either the fall (late August) or spring (late January). The priority application dates are:

  • February 1 for fall admission
  • October 15 for spring admission

Bachelor's Degree Background

The graduate program in Chemistry is intended for students with an undergraduate degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry which is equivalent to the USF Bachelor of Science in Chemistry or Chemistry with a Concentration in Biochemistry (ACS-certified is desirable). This generally includes a third year course in physical chemistry, an advanced third or fourth year laboratory course such as instrumental analysis and undergraduate research experience. Normally, an undergraduate degree in Pharmacy or Chemical Engineering does not qualify for our MS program. If a graduate student is lacking proper preparation for graduate work based on our assessment of performance on entrance exams in two subject areas, then some advanced undergraduate coursework will be required.

Application Process

Applications that are complete and on file at USF at that time will be given priority consideration for admission and financial assistance offered by the Department of Chemistry. Applications are accepted and reviewed after these dates on a case-by-case basis.

Start your application online. You can scan and upload your application items to your USF online application account. Please ensure that your scanned documents are easy to read and printable. If you are submitting test scores, you must request that official scores are sent to USF. You are encouraged to submit your completed application several weeks before the deadline.

Required Application Items

  • Create an online application account.
  • A transcript from each college, community college, study abroad program and university attended. Three-year Bachelor's Degrees are accepted for admission review.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose- A two-page, double-spaced statement that describes any of your research experience in chemistry or biochemistry, identifies research groups at USF that are of interest to you, and explains your goals in pursuing a graduate program in Chemistry.
  • GRE Test Score- Official GRE General score is required for all applicants. The GRE Chemistry Subject Test score is not required but highly recommended. The USF school code for ETS is 4850.
  • International students need to submit their official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score and a completed Certification of Finance form with supplemental bank statements. (See International Students for more information.) Applications without a Certification of Finance will not be considered for admission.

Tests and GPA Requirements

A minimum TOEFL score of 90 (iBT) is required for consideration. The minimum acceptable IELTS score is 6.5. After review of an application, coursework in USF's Intensive English Program may be recommended or required. The USF school code for the GRE and the TOEFL is 4850.

Chemistry applicants should hold a GPA (grade point average) of 2.7 or higher (on a scale of 4.0 as the highest score) in upper-division undergraduate coursework and a 3.0 GPA in upper-division coursework in the field of chemistry.

Application Status

Start your application online and complete all required sections, including uploading required unofficial documents. All application items (for example, resume, official transcripts, English language test scores, and recommender information) must be uploaded before you submit your application. Once you submit, your application will be incomplete until your recommenders submit their online letter of recommendation. Check your online application frequently to monitor the status of your application.

Notification of Admission Decision

When an application and all application items have been submitted and verified, then an application is complete and ready for admission review by the M.S. in Chemistry program. Admission review begins after the deadline of each admission term. Admission decisions are released beginning 4 to 6 weeks after the deadline.

Included in the admission decision letter is notification of any financial assistance awarded by the Chemistry graduate program - including scholarships and teaching assistantships. Applicants receive email notification when the admission decision is available online. Admitted applicants also receive an admission package in the mail.

Financial Aid Application

If you are a US citizen or permanent resident, you can begin the free application process for a US federal student loan at The USF federal school code for the FAFSA is 001325. For any financial assistance offered by the Department of Chemistry, all applicants (U.S. and international) are considered and notified of such an award in the admission letter. There is no separate application for this assistance.

Advising, Registration, Orientation and Start of Classes

Admitted students can contact the Department of Chemistry for details about the advising and registration schedule, as well as start of classes. The program starts in late August for fall students and in late January for spring students. Deidre Shymanski, the Program Assistant, can be contacted at 415.422.6157 or at All students, U.S. and international, should plan to arrive at least 10 days before the start of classes. International students should note that the earliest arrival date in the U.S. that an F-1 visa allows, is 30 days before the start date on the I-20 form issued to you.

All international graduate students at USF are required to attend the International Student Orientation, as well as the Chemistry program orientation. For details about the International Student Orientation, contact International Student Services at or 415.422.2654, or visit and click on "New Students".