G Chemistry

How To Apply

Apply Online for 2015 Admission!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

PLEASE NOTE: To start your application, click here for important instructions and items required by all graduate programs. In addition, read below for instructions specific to the M.S. in Chemistry.

International applicants please click here for important instructions.

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.

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.

Tests and GPA Requirements

The GRE general test is required for the program. 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.

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".