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Admission Requirements

  • Graduation with a recognized four-year degree
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • English proficiency scores (International students only)

Application Process

Apply using the University of Utah Graduate Admissions Application. Follow the instructions on the application site to submit the following required documents. Please refer to the document guide below for further assistance, simply select the corresponding tabs.

  Required Application Documents

  • Academic transcripts from post-secondary institutions
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • English proficiency scores (INTL only)
  • Statement of Purpose

  Document Guide

  • unofficial transcripts accepted for initial application review
  • official transcripts required upon admission
  • provide at least 1 letter from a faculty member of the college/university you attended
  • upload to the 'Curriculum Vitae/Resume' section of the ApplyYourself application site
  • Duolingo not considered acceptable as proof of English proficiency
  • exceptions granted ONLY to international students with completed degrees from:
    - Australia
    - Canada (except Quebec)
    - New Zealand
    - Puerto Rico
    - United Kingdom
  • if country is not listed above and mode of instruction was in English, YOU ARE STILL REQUIRED TO PROVIDE OFFICIAL SCORES
  • minimum overall score accepted:
    • TOEFL = 105
    • IELTS = 7.5
  • official scores must be received within two years of submitting your application
  • 1-2 pages in length
  • see 'Help Section' below for detailed instructions



When evaluating applications, our admission committee does not only consider traditional academic achievements (including grades, research experience, publications, etc.). Rather, we view these achievements in the context of the applicant’s personal and academic environment, and the degree to which these factors have provided opportunities for achievement and success. To give the committee the best perspective on your application, PLEASE ADDRESS THE FOLLOWING IN YOUR STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:

  • What is your motivation to pursue a PhD in Chemistry? Do you have plans for your career path after degree completion?
  • What areas of research and which specific research groups at the University of Utah are you most interested in?
  • Please describe aspects of your experiences and background (academic, professional, and personal) that have prepared you to pursue a PhD. Examples of relevant experiences include not only research, but also other experiences that demonstrate your intellectual curiosity, perseverance, ability to succeed in challenging new environments, community engagement, etc.
  • The Department of Chemistry strives to provide an environment that is inclusive and provides equal opportunities for people from all backgrounds. As part of these efforts, the Department offers fellowships through the College of Science program “Enhancing diversity and graduate student success” (EDGES). If you are interested in applying for an EDGES fellowship or if you have thoughts on how you can contribute to diversity and equity at the University of Utah, please describe your contribution in your statement of purpose.
  • Please provide any additional information that supports your application or provides relevant context.

  • The application fee for the Chemisty PhD is $55 for Domestic applicants and $65 for International applicants.
    • Contact our program for an application waiver code:
       Jo Vallejo (Graduate Program Coordinator)
       Eden Wolfgramm (Graduate Program Assistant) 
    • Application fee waiver codes are program specific and data entry errors or codes created by other programs will not be honored or credited.
    • International application fee waiver is NOT available for Fall 2024 class prior to applying
      • We require you to cover the application when applying. Upon your admittance into our program we will reimburse this cost.
    • International students must pay the application fee in order to consider your application complete. Applications will not be reviewed until all required documentation and materials are received.
    • Faculty and departments are not able to provide or sponsor application fee waivers for international students.

  • Are GRE scores required when applying?
    No, GRE scores are not needed for Fall 2024 applicants
  • Do I need to find a research advisor before applying?
    No, however, your research interests should align with our research offerings. Learn about what is happening in our department here.
  • Do you admit students to the Master's (MS) program?
    No, accepting applications for prospective PhD students ONLY
  • What financial support opportunites are available to prospective students?
    The Department participates in the fellowship program “Enhancing Diversity and Graduate Student Success” (EDGES) of the College of Science. More information about the EDGES fellowship and how to apply can be found here.

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Acceptance Dates

  • For priority consideration, completed applications should be received by December 1. Applications received after that date and until February 1 will be reviewed in an ongoing basis.

  • By agreement with other U.S. universities, we ask that you make your decision to ACCEPT our chemistry graduate offer by April 15.

  • To ACCEPT our offer, simply send an email to that effect over to Jo Vallejo (

Financial Support +

  • All PhD students in good academic standing are guaranteed five years of financial support, either as a Teaching Assistant or as a Research Assistant.

  • Most first year graduate students are granted teaching fellowships that provide an annual stipend and a tuition waiver.

  • In addition, the Chemistry Department will provide a basic health insurance plan to students who are not otherwise covered by a policy.




Last Updated: 9/20/23