Applications for admission to the graduate program in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry are reviewed by the School's Graduate Admissions Committee. The committee is appointed by the School Chair. The committee is chaired by the Director of Graduate Studies and includes faculty members from each of the divisions in the School.

Departmental admission decisions are based on a competitive review of the applicant's research experience, undergraduate transcript, personal statement, and letters of recommendation. We do not require GRE scores, but students may optionally include these in their package. We expect very few students will choose this option, so there is no negative impact in not reporting scores.

While there are no formal minimum requirements for GPA, it is expected that the application materials demonstrate that the applicant has a broad training in core areas of chemistry and is equipped to succeed in research, coursework, and additional program requirements. Core areas of chemistry include analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry. Foreign national students are also required submit a standardized test score to satisfy GT’s English Language Proficiency requirement (TOEFL or IELTS).  Details about this requirement can be found here:

In addition to students who have completed a bachelor's degree in chemistry or biochemistry, the School also accepts students with training in biology, chemical engineering, physics, and other disciplines, who may not have completed study in all of the core areas, but who have completed a rigorous program in an allied discipline and have sufficiently strong training in chemistry. Prior research experience and relevant work experience are considered favorably in the admissions process.

Applicants should review the Institute-level Admissions Checklist to determine the Institute's process and additional Institute-level requirements for admissions.

Students are encouraged to submit either the Institute application or a Pre-application for review before the deadline of December 1st. However, applications that have been submitted after this deadline will be reviewed on a rolling basis. NOTE: It is okay for recommendation letters to come in after the deadline.