Graduate Program Application Procedure

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry requires materials in addition to those required by the Graduate School. Decisions on the acceptance of a student into any of the graduate programs in Chemistry or Chemical Education are not made until all of the materials required by BOTH the Department and the Graduate School have been received. Upon completion of the application, the Graduate School evaluates the application and forwards the materials to the Department for its review. The Department evaluates the application and awards assistantships at the same time.

The following materials are REQUIRED by all applicants. This information is also found by selecting the specific program at the Graduate School website. Information about how to submit information to the Graduate School can be found HERE.

  1. Prepare and complete the Graduate School online application. Online Application
  2. Pay the application fee to the Graduate School. Graduate School.
  3. Submit official GRE General Examination scores to the Graduate School. GRE scores are REQUIRED for all M.S. and Ph.D. Chemistry and Chemical Education graduate programs, irregardless of your GPA.
  4. Send official copies of your transcripts to the Graduate School.
  5. Request three letters of recommendation to either the Graduate School or to the Department. If your recommender wishes to send the letter of recommendation directly to the Department, it should be directed, as a pdf file, to:
  6. Submit a cover letter to the Graduate School. Your cover letter MUST include each of the following items. Alternatively, you may download and submit the student profile form (Word Doc; PDF) to the Graduate School:
    • Your full name
    • The graduate degree to which you are applying (e.g.: M.S. Chemistry-Research)
    • The faculty member(s) and research focus in which you are interested
    • Your goals after obtaining the graduate degree
    • How UNC will help you obtain your goals
    • Whether or not you would like to be considered for a Teaching Assistantship.
  7. If you would like to be considered for a teaching assistantship, please make sure that you indicate so on the cover letter (or profile form).

Department application and notification deadlines

Frequently asked questions about the graduate programs in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry can be found at the FAQ Page.

Fall admission:

For priority consideration, completed applications must be received by the Graduate School by January 15th. Acceptance and support information will be sent to the successful applicants by March 1st. Applications received after January 15th will be reviewed after the first round and a decision typically made within 4 weeks of receipt of the completed application.

Spring admission:

Admission for the Spring semester is uncommon; applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis within 4 weeks of the receipt of the completed application.