Application Material

An overview of the chemistry Ph.D./M.S. graduate application process is provided below. Full program details can be found in the Chemistry Department Graduate Student Handbook.

Important Dates

Fall Admission
Applications for Fall admission should be submitted before January 15 to receive full consideration for all Fellowship and Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) opportunities. Applications received after this date will not be eligible for fellowships, but will be considered for GTA positions.

Spring Admission
Applications for Spring admissions should be submitted by September 15. Spring applicants will be considered for a limited number of GTA positions. Students not admitted for Spring may request to have their application consider for Fall.

Minimum Requirements

Undergraduate Degree
A B.A. or B.S. degree in chemistry or in a related field. Students should have a chemistry background equivalent to 36 hours of undergraduate coursework.

Grade Point Average
A minimum quality point standing of 3.0/4.0.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Minimum score of 145 for both Quantitative (Q) and Verbal (V), a combined (Q+V) minimum score of 290

Letters of recommendation
At least 2 letters of recommendation written by someone who can speak to the applicant's academic and/or professional capabilities.

Personal statement
Statement addressing specific issues pertaining to knowledge, work and/or research experiences, goals, and/or interests in the chosen field of study.

If English is not the student's primary language, a minimum TOEFL score of 80. Successful completion the Intensive English as a Second Language Program at the University of Louisville may substitute the TOEFL.

Application Checklist

  • Online Application (
  • Application Fee
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Recommendation Letters (minimum of 2)
  • Personal Statement
  • Official TOEFL scores (If English is not the primary language)

Application Checklist


Please contact the Department to check on the status of your admission application ( or 502-852-6798).