Apply Now for 2025

The Fall 2024 application is now closed. The Spring 2025 application is open and the priority application deadline is October 1st.

The application process is entirely online. Please complete and/or upload all of the items listed below to your application account. There is no need to mail items to our office.

Bachelor's Degree

Applicants with a Bachelor's degree in any science field with an overall GPA of 2.7 or higher, and 3.0 in upper-division chemistry coursework. The program is intended for students with an undergraduate degree in chemistry or biochemistry, equivalent to the B.S. in Chemistry or Chemistry with a Concentration in Biochemistry at USF (ACS-certified is desirable). This usually includes a third-year course in physical chemistry, an advanced third- or fourth-year lab course (instrumental analysis, for example), and undergraduate research experience. Typically a Bachelor’s degree in pharmacy or chemical engineering does not qualify for our program.

Standardized Test Requirements

The GRE General test is required for all applications. For international applicants, an English Language exam score (TOEFL, IELTS or PTE) is required. The USF school code for the GRE and TOEFL is 4850.

Transcript (Academic Record)

Upload a copy of your transcript from each university and college attended. Please ensure the institution’s name and your name is on the document you upload. Transcripts from any schools and study abroad programs must be submitted since Bachelor's Degree institutions typically do not list transfer and study abroad courses with grades. If still enrolled in your Bachelor's program, submit a copy of your transcript showing in-progress courses. If admitted, an official transcript with proof of graduation is required. USF undergraduates upload their unofficial transcripts for admission review and do not need to send an official USF transcript.

Statement of Purpose

A two-page statement that describes your reasons for pursuing this area of graduate study, your science background and experience, and your educational and professional goals.

Resume or CV

Your current resume or CV lists and describes your educational history, work or job history, coursework related to the Chemistry program, and any experiences relevant to your pursuit of graduate studies – including internships, published articles or other published materials, volunteer/community service experience, study or work outside of your home country, and any interests or activities related to this graduate program.

Letters of Recommendation

A minimum of two recommendation letters are required for your application. Additional letters of recommendation are accepted. Follow the instructions in the online application to provide the contact information for your recommenders.

You may submit your application before your recommenders upload their letters.

International Applicants

There are additional items and instructions for international applicants.

Notification of Admission Decision

Applicants are typically contacted four to six weeks after the priority application date about an admission decision, and any scholarship or teaching assistantship awarded by the program. Once the class is filled, other qualified applicants may be placed on a waiting list or may reapply in the next admission term.