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  • Graduation with a recognized four-year degree
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • International students: TOEFL score around 105 or IELTS score around 7.5




  • Accepting applications for the PhD program ONLY.  We do not accept applications for the Master of Science program.
  • NO application fee required  |  Contact the Chemistry Graduate Admissions/Education Office to obtain a FEE WAIVER : OR

             *Refunds will not be issued to applicants who pay the fee prior to contacting our office

  • GRE scores NOT required for Fall 2023
  • 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

Apply using the University of Utah Graduate Admissions Application. Follow the instructions on the application site to submit the following:

  • Original transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least one from a faculty member in the college or university you attended
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • TOEFL/IELTS scores - Duolingo NOT accepted  |  Required for all international students who did not complete a degree in the United States, Australia, Canada (except Quebec), New Zealand, Puerto Rico, or the United Kingdom.
    • Scores must have been received within two years of submitting your application
  • Statement of Purpose  |  see instructions below

Instructions for statement of purpose

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 topics 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.

Application and 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. In order to accept our offer simply send an email to that effect to Jo Vallejo.

Financial Support

All Ph.D 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.

Contact the Graduate Admissions/Education Office

For all questions related to graduate admissions, please, contact:

Jo Vallejo (Graduate Program Coordinator):
Eden Wolfgramm (Graduate Program Assistant):

Mailing address:
University of Utah
Department of Chemistry
Attn: Graduate Admissions Office
315 S 1400 E Rm. 4404 TBBC
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0850

Phone: 801-581-4393 or 800-444-8638 ext. 14393
Fax: 801-581-5408

Last Updated: 5/11/23