Graduate Program

How to Apply

Shelby HallThe application process is completed online through the  UA Graduate School’s Electronic Application Center. You can start an application immediately, even if you don’t yet have all the required materials, and complete as you go. We urge you to apply as soon as possible because early applicants have the highest chances of admission.

  • First, use the Application Form to create an account in UA’s system and provide basic information about yourself. This is also where you will pay an application fee.
  • Once you complete and submit the application form, you should reach a confirmation page indicating that your submission is complete and that a CWID (Campus-Wide ID) will be generated for you. The CWID is a unique identifier that will accompany you throughout any processes on our campus. It typically takes a few hours to have one generated, but it may take up to a couple of days. You will receive your CWID through email. If you do not get it in two days, get in touch with Jennifer Eisenhower (jleisenhower@ua.edu), our graduate program assistant, or contact the UA Graduate School directly.
  • You will use your CWID and personal email to access a document management system, where you will upload your personal documents (e.g., statement of purpose, CV, transcripts) and provide contact information for your letter writers. This is the same link shown on the last bullet point of the Apply Now page.

Materials

To apply, you should submit the following materials:

  • Statement of purpose: Talk about any previous research experience, your scientific interests, and goals for graduate education. Explain any portions of your experience that you think should be brought to our attention, or that enhance your profile as an applicant. Mention the names of two or three faculty members in our department whose research interests you. This should be no longer than two pages.
  • Resume/CV. Check out our graduate FAQ to learn more about what to include in your resume or CV.
  • Contact information for three references who have agreed to provide a letter of reference on your behalf. Your letter writers will be contacted directly by the system through email with instructions to upload their letters.
  • UNOFFICIAL transcripts from any undergraduate and graduate institution at which you completed at least 15 credits of work. These can be unofficial copies released to you or downloaded from your school’s website. You may also submit scans as PDF.
  • Official GRE scores: Ask the testing agency to submit your GRE scores directly to our Graduate School (GRE and TOEFL code: 1830). Your score will be sent directly and electronically to our Graduate School and will appear in the document management system, together with the rest of your application materials.
  • For international students: Official English proficiency scores are required (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS). Ask the testing agency to send us your scores electronically.
  • Payment of an application fee: $65 for domestic applicants; $80 for internationals

Deadlines

We practice rolling admission until we fill the available slots for the next incoming class, so there is no official application deadline. However, we encourage students to submit applications as early as possible, and preferably by the end of December for admission in the following fall semester.

Applications submitted by this date will have several advantages over later applications. First of all, they will compete for available slots in a smaller pool, so they stand a higher chance of receiving an early offer of admission. Furthermore, they can be considered for more internal fellowship opportunities.

That notwithstanding, we still encourage you to apply even after that date. Later applications will still be considered for admission and support as long as positions are available.

Spring and Summer Admission

Students may apply to be admitted in the spring or summer terms. However, there are fewer open positions available for those terms (typically 2-3) compared to the regular fall start time. Consider also that, in most cases, your application can be moved to a later semester at no cost to you if you are interested. Please contact the Director of Graduate Recruiting to discuss the possibility of spring admission; to change your application term, please contact the Graduate School. Students wishing to begin in January should submit applications in the summer to early Fall before they wish to enter the program.

Fellowships

Starting in January of each year, this department’s Graduate Recruiting Committee will select outstanding applications to be submitted for consideration for several University-wide graduate fellowships. Only completed applications can be considered. It is therefore in your best interest to complete all parts of your application by January 1 in order to be considered for these opportunities.

For more information about funding opportunities, visit our Financial Support page.

Admissions Requirements

In order to be considered for the graduate program, students must be near completion or have completed at least a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry or a closely related field. Students generally must have earned a B average (3.0 or equivalent) during their undergraduate and prior graduate work to gain regular admittance. Transcripts from international students that earned a three-year BS degree will be evaluated internally for equivalence to a US four-year BS degree. In most cases, students in these situations may be best served by earning an MS degree prior to entering the PhD program.

Applicants must also take the GRE exam. A total combined score of 300 on the Verbal and Quantitative portions of the GRE is required for regular admittance. The Analytical Writing score is considered as well when making admission decisions, but no minimum value is required.

In special cases, students who earn the necessary GPA or GRE score, but not both, may be admitted conditionally under a “Permission to Continue” clause (PTC). In that case, a condition will be imposed on the admission, typically requiring to maintain a 3.0 GPA or better in the first 12 credit of graduate work at UA. At the end of this probationary period, the student may be dismissed from the program if the condition is not fulfilled.

Questions?

Questions about the application process may be directed to one of our graduate program representatives.