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Applications for admission to the UVA Chemistry Graduate Program are reviewed by the Department Graduate Admissions Committee, which is composed of department faculty. Admission decisions are based on the review of the applicant’s undergraduate transcript, GRE scores, personal statement describing experiences and interests, and letters of recommendation.

While there are no formal minimum requirements for the GPA, or GRE score, 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 graduate coursework, teaching, and research. Core areas of chemistry include analytical, biological, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry.

In addition to students who have completed a bachelor’s degree in chemistry or biochemistry, the Department also accepts students with training in biology, chemical engineering, physics, and other disciplines, who may not have completed study in all of these core areas, but who have completed a rigorous program in an allied discipline and have sufficiently strong training in chemistry. Prior research experience, relevant work experience, and participation in scientific organizations and/or meetings are considered favorably in the admissions process. Students are encouraged to submit complete applications for review before January; however, applications will be accepted through January 15.  

Application Requirements

Online Application

For a complete application you will need:

  1. unofficial copy of transcript uploaded to application
  2. 2 letters of recommendation
  3. GRE General test scores
  4. GRE Chemistry (or related) Subject test scores recommended for domestic applicants and required for international applicants
  5. TOEFL exam scores for international applicants

An application fee waiver is provided for domestic students only. Applicants who encounter any issues regarding the fee waiver, may contact for assistance.

Our graduate program is targeted primarily toward the Ph.D. degree, and we do not generally admit students who are interested in a terminal M.S. degree. If you are interested in our self-financed one-year M.A. program click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I apply to the M.S. or Ph.D. program?

Our program is targeted primarily toward the Ph. D. degree, and we do not generally admit students who are interested in a terminal M.S. degree. Exceptions are made in special circumstances; however, arrangements with a research advisor are generally made in advance of the application.

Can I contact faculty directly by phone or email to learn more about research opportunities in their particular laboratories?

Yes, we encourage you to do so.

Question from international applicants - May I send copies of my GRE and TOEFL scores for the application process?

Yes, but if you are offered admission you will need to send the originals.

Do I need to send the Financial Guarantee form for the application process (international applicants only)?

No, unless you are offered admission and you accept.

Is the GRE subject test required?

It is required for international students applying to the Ph.D. program. For domestic students it is strongly recommended but not required. For the self-financed one-year M.A. program it is strongly recommended but not required.

Is there an application deadline?

Yes, the deadline to submit applications is January 15, and we strongly encourage students to submit their materials by this date. However, supplemental materials received after January 15 will still be reviewed.

Do you accept students for admission in the spring semester?

Most students are accepted for the fall semester; however, under special circumstances we can consider spring admission.

Can I begin in the summer?

Students who will begin in the fall semester can begin research in the preceding summer if a research group sponsors them.

What is the minimum TOEFL score?

For international applicants whose first language is not English, the minimum internetbased (iBT) TOEFL score for general admission to the Graduate School is 90. The breakdown of the minimum required TOEFL score is as follows: 22 for Speaking, 22 for Writing, 23 for Reading, and 23 for Listening.

If I am an international student graduating from a United States institution, am I required to submit a TOEFL score?


If admitted to the program, can I visit the Chemistry Department?

Yes, we offer a visitation event (generally in the middle of March) and cover all reasonable travel expenses. Upon admission to the program, you will receive information about this event. In addition, although less favorable, we can arrange oneday individual visits to the department if you are unable to attend the visitation event.