PH.D. Application Information

Apply Online using our Secure Application Form

A user profile is required to be created at the first instance and the application process may thereafter be resumed at any time by logging in again as the same user. The instructions for filling out the application and directions for sending any supporting information, if necessary, can be found online as you proceed through the application process.



This involves creating your user profile and filling in information as required. After creating a profile, the application may be left incomplete and completed at a later time. The username and the password indicated while creating the profile are required to be able to continue working on an incomplete application.


Completing the Application

A completed application will include undergraduate transcripts (one official copy from each institution attended), three letters of recommendation, and the results of the GRE examination (to include the Subject Test in Chemistry). Foreign applicants must also submit the results of the TOEFL or IELTS.


Students are normally admitted beginning with the autumn quarter of each year. The sequential nature of some of our courses makes this the best time to begin graduate studies. Although applications may be considered at any time at the discretion of the admissions committee, students are strongly encouraged to complete their applications by the December 15th deadline. The department has no admissions quota and in recent years the entering class has numbered between 38 and 55.


Important Reminders for Applicants

The following statements supersede any contradictory entries in any printed materials.

Once you have completed your online application, any supporting documents should be sent directly to: Dr. Vera Dragisich, Chair, Graduate Admissions Committee, Department of Chemistry, 5735 S. Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL 60637. NOTE: There is no need for supporting documents other than Transcripts and Letters of Recommendation (if not being submitted online).

Our deadline for applications is December 15th, 2016. This is a firm deadline.

The Application Fee ($90) must be submitted.

All applicants must submit OFFICIAL (no copies) GRE scores to include the Subject Test in Chemistry. GRE scores are only valid for five years.

When applying online you will be asked to list faculty of interest before submitting your application. Visit our faculty profiles and read about the research interests of our faculty.

Applicants are considered for admission beginning in Autumn Quarter only. The sequential nature of many of our courses discourages beginning studies at other times.

Students wishing to transfer to Chicago from another U.S. institution must submit, in addition to letters and transcripts from their undergraduate institution, a transcript and two letters of recommendation from faculty at the graduate institution they are leaving. One of these two letters should be from the research sponsor if the student has already begun research.

We require an official copy of your TOEFL or IELTS scores if your native language is not English or if you have not completed more than one year of study in a U.S. college or university within the last five years. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years only. Applicants whose total score on the four-part TOEFL falls below 90 (or IELTS falls below 7) will not normally be admitted unless other demonstrable evidence of proficiency in English is available. Please see the Office of International Affairs website for complete details.


Special Reminder for Foreign Applicants

When indicating GPA on your application, DO NOT CONVERT to U.S. scale of 4.0. For systems (i.e., China.) that give grades as a percentage, it is the percentage that MUST be indicated under the GPA sections. Applications will not be considered if an estimated GPA is reported where the transcript indicates a percentage.