The Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois
Basic Admissions Requirements | Areas of Study | English Proficiency Requirements |
Graduate Application Process | Graduate Application Fee | Fellowship & Award Opportunities |
Transfer Students | Program Codes and Field of Specialization Listings |
Transcripts and Supporting Materials | Information
Thank you for your interest in the Chemistry Ph.D. Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Our recommended application deadline for full consideration for the Fall 2017 semester is December 15, 2016. However, we strongly encourage earlier submission of applications to maximize opportunities for fellowships. We do not accept applications for spring semester admission.
Basic requirements for admission to the graduate program in chemistry are an undergraduate degree with at least 25 semester hours in chemistry (properly distributed) and a grade-point average of 3.0 (A=4.0). Your academic record and recommendations must be a strong indicator of your fitness to pursue advanced study and research in chemistry.
We ask applicants for admission to our graduate program to submit the following information:
- A completed on-line application form
- Personal statement
- Three letters of reference
- Official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate work (one transcript for each institution attended).
- Official Graduate Records Examination General test scores
- Official Graduate Records Examination Chemistry Subject test scores (optional but highly recommended)
Contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send official test scores for the Graduate Records Examination. The institution code for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is 1836 and the department code is 0000.
- Official English Language Proficiency test scores for applicants whose native language is not English. The requirement can be met one of two ways:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT)
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
The university requires a minimum score of 24 on the speaking section of the TOEFL iBT or a minimum score of 8 on the speaking section of the IELTS.
- We do not require the Declaration and Certification of Finances Form at the time of application. The Chemistry Graduate Admissions Office will contact you if a form is needed.
- Please note, for the statement portion of the online application, the Department of Chemistry does not have any program-specific questions.
Applicants must send official transcripts for all completed university course work. In addition, international students need to send their certification of degree for all completed degree programs. Please mail all official transcripts and certificates of degree directly to the following address:
Chemistry Graduate Admissions
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
300 A&B Noyes Lab, Box 57-1
600 S. Mathews Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
Please note that submitting scanned transcripts with the online application does not replace the requirement to submit official transcripts directly to the Chemistry Graduate Admissions Office. Applicants will not have a "complete" application file until official transcripts are received.
(800)516-0276 (US only)
Teaching is a requirement in the Chemistry Graduate Program, and there are special requirements for applicants whose native language is not English. The university requires a minimum score of 24 on the speaking section of the Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) or a minimum score of 8 on the speaking section of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Any applicant whose native language is not English is required to provide TOEFL iBT or IELTS scores in order to receive full consideration for admission and financial aid. Exemption from the TOEFL does not give exemption from the speaking section of the TOEFL iBT, or the speaking section of the IELTS.
Our average departmental TOEFL score is above a 105 for the TOEFL iBT (620 paper-based test and 260 computer-based test). The minimum departmental IELTS overall score is a 7 (with no score on any sub-section less than 6, except for speaking sub-score which must be at least 8). TOEFL or IELTS scores must be less than 2 years old from the first day of class at the proposed term of entry in order to be valid.
Within the Department of Chemistry areas of study include analytical, chemical biology, chemical physics, inorganic, materials, organic, and physical chemistry. Applications for those interested in pursuing a Master's degree are not encouraged except for the Master's Program in the Teaching of Chemistry and the Joint Degree Program in Chemistry.
Master's Program in the Teaching of Chemistry
Applicants interested in the Master's Program in the Teaching of Chemistry are expected to have a valid teaching certificate in addition to the usual undergraduate background in chemistry. Those who do not have a valid teaching certificate should plan to spend an additional year in the program for student teaching and to take other courses required for the certificate.
For further information and admission requirements please click here.
Joint Degree Program - JD/MS in Chemistry
View a complete description of the Joint Degree Program.
Students who are currently enrolled in other graduate programs must complete a degree before being considered for admission to our program. Only under exceptional circumstances might students be admitted without a degree from their current institution. In all cases, we require a statement from the applicant detailing the situation and a letter from the applicant's research advisor or department head.>
The application fee for US citizens and permanent residents is $70.00 and $90.00 for all other applicants. The application fee must be paid by credit card at the time the on-line application is submitted. Application fees are non-refundable. This fee may be waived in some instances as described in more detail at the Graduate College website (http://www.grad.illinois.edu/application-information).
Fellowship and Award Opportunities
A large number of fellowships are awarded to graduate students in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois. These range from Departmental fellowships sponsored by chemical companies and private donations to national fellowships from various federal and private foundations.
Graduate College awards:
Chemistry-Biology Interface - Please indicate interest in the CBI-TG in your personal statement.
Students need not apply for the above, but those offered admission will be considered and nominated at the department-level. Students may search for additional internal and external fellowship and award opportunities at the Graduate College Fellowship Finder database.
Please contact us if you have any questions about the application process.
- You can apply online at:
http://www.grad.illinois.edu/admissions/apply/ (Code listings needed to fill out the application form can be found at the bottom of this page.)
- If you can't apply online, please e-mail us.
Below are the Program code and Field of Specialization Listings needed for the application form.
|10KS0335PHD — Chemistry-PHD|
|10KS0337PHD — Chemical Physics-PHD|
|10KS0294MS — Teaching of Chemistry-MS|
|10KS8101NONE — Joint Degree Program- Chemistry MS/Law JD|
Fields of Specialization for the Chemistry PhD Program (10KS0335PHD)
(Please list up to 3 areas on your applications under "Other Specialization")
To receive information about the graduate program in chemistry, please fill out an information form by clicking here.