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
Quantitative and verbal scores totaling at least 1000 with an analytical score of 2.5.
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 (16 on speaking portion) for the internet-base test, 210 for the computer-based test, or 550 for the paper-based test is required. Successful completion the Intensive English as a Second Language Program at the University of Louisville may substitute for the TOEFL.

Application Package

Online Application (Submit online application at
Official Transcripts
Official GRE Scores
Recommendation Letters (minimum of 2)
Personal statement
Application fee
Official TOEFL scores (international applicants)

Application Package Checklist


Please contact Sherry Nalley to check on the status of your admission application.