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Chemical Education, Ph.D. 

Admissions Deadlines

Fall Admission
For priority consideration, completed applications must be received by the Graduate School by Jan. 15. Acceptance and support information will be sent to successful applicants by March 1. Applications received after Jan. 15 will be reviewed after these and a decision typically made after the priority considerations have been completed. Typically, these decisions will be made within four weeks of submission of the completed application.

Spring Admission
Admission for the Spring semester is uncommon, but is possible. For consideration of admission in the Spring semester, applications must be complete by Nov. 10. Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis typically within four weeks of the receipt of the completed application.  Any applications for spring admission that are completed after that date will be handled as Fall admission applications.

Summer Admission
Admission to start a graduate program in Chemistry or Chemical Education in the Summer semester is not considered. All applications requesting summer admission will be deferred to the Fall or Spring semester as appropriate based upon the date the completed application is received.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must apply to the Graduate School at the University of Northern Colorado before the program area reviews the applicant’s request for admission. Failure to submit all required materials will delay the evaluation and screening of your application.

Each applicant must:

  • Possess a baccalaureate degree or a master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university or a comparable degree from a foreign institution.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better (on a 4.00 scale) for the most recent degree earned or current degree in progress.

    • If you are still completing your bachelor's or master's* degree at the time you apply, admission will be based on your current cumulative GPA and you will need to re-submit your official transcript (showing your conferred degree and final GPA) during your first semester. If your final GPA fell below 3.00, you will be given additional requirements as defined by the academic program that must be met within one calendar year to remain enrolled at UNC. 

      *The cumulative GPA of your master's degree will be used if 18 or more credit hours towards this degree has been completed.

Take the following steps to be considered for admission:

Step 1: Complete the Application

Complete the online application.

  • Answer the application questions.
  • Send your requests for letters of recommendation.
    • Request three (3) academic or professional letters of recommendation from those who can attest to your academic potential and abilities. You will be asked to supply information for your recommenders in the application.
  • Submit the application and pay the non-refundable application fee. 
    • Domestic Students: $50 non-refundable application fee
    • International Students: $60 non-refundable application fee

Once you submit your application you will be assigned an Admissions Portal, allowing you to upload supplemental items, as listed below, and track your application through the admissions process.

Step 2: Request Transcripts

Request one official transcript from any regionally accredited college or university where a bachelor’s degree or higher was earned or is in progress (if you have earned multiple degrees, bachelor’s level or higher, an official transcript is required from each college or university where a degree was conferred). If you received a degree from UNC, you do not need to request a transcript from UNC. The Graduate School and International Admissions Office reserves the right to request that applicants provide official transcripts from other colleges or universities as needed. Applicants who have earned or are directly pursuing a higher degree from a regionally accredited institution without receiving a bachelor’s degree (i.e. PharmD) may be eligible to apply to the Graduate School without the conferral of a bachelor’s degree. 

Exceptions: If an applicant intends to use Veteran’s Education Benefits, an official transcript from all colleges or universities attended will be required in order to maintain compliance with Veteran’s Affairs policies.

Official transcripts from U.S. institutions should be sent via mail directly from the educational institution in an unopened, sealed envelope or through an electronically secure digital program from the issuing institution.

Mailed transcripts should be sent to:

Office of Admissions
Campus Commons
1051 22nd St

Campus Box 10
Greeley, CO 80639

Electronic transcripts from U.S. institutions should be sent directly from the educational institution to: grad.applicationmaterials@unco.edu.

The Graduate School and International Admissions does not accept email, scanned or PDF transcripts directly from applicants. All official transcripts, submitted as part of the application process, are retained by UNC and not returned to applicants or admitted students.

UNC retains submitted transcripts, from institutions other than UNC, for admitted students for up to five years after graduation or date of last attendance at UNC. Transcripts provided by applicants who were not admitted, denied admissions or did not complete their application are destroyed after one (1) year. The Graduate School will make every attempt to use previously-submitted transcripts if they are within these timeframes. However, if the Graduate School cannot locate previously submitted transcripts, the transcripts fall outside the timeframes listed above, or they are considered illegible, applicants must provide new transcripts.

Applicants with academic credentials from outside the U.S. will need to follow the requirements for submission of foreign transcripts. Click on the Transcripts tab for information about international transcripts.

Step 3: Take the GRE

Please note: GRE scores are being waived as a requirement for admission to this program for 2021 academic terms.

Official GRE scores (less than five years old) are required. UNC's institutional code is 4074. 

Please note: ETS has announced an at home testing solution for students who have been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19). Learn more about the test, where it is available, eligibility and how to register.

Required minimum scores:

  • 140 Quantitative;
  • 146 Verbal Reasoning;
  • Combined score of at least 297;
  • Analytical Writing 3.5

Please note, UNC does not accept GRE Subject Test scores.

Step 4: Supplemental Items

Log back into the Admissions Portal to submit the following:

  • Personal Statement

Chemistry Cover Letter

Submit the Chemistry Cover Letter by clicking on the "Chemistry Cover Letter" link in your portal. The form will ask you to address the following:

  • What areas of research are you interested in?
  • Your goals after obtaining a graduate degree
  • How UNC will help you obtain your goals
  • Whether or not you wish to be considered for a teaching assistantship

Additional Information

Master's en route to the Ph.D.: Students who have been admitted to the Ph.D. program in Chemical Education may complete a master's degree in Chemistry en route to completion of the doctoral degree. Requests for a simultaneous master's degree in a discipline other than Chemistry will not be accepted. Students in collaboration with an advisors will develop a plan of study that includes clearly distinct masters and doctoral requirements.

Applicants must have graduated from a master's program one semester prior to conferring Ph.D.

Once you apply to the UNC Graduate School and your application packet is complete, your application will be reviewed by the Graduate School and then sent to the faculty/program for an admission recommendation. The timing of the admission decision depends on each individual program’s deadline and review process.

International Applicants

International applicants (non-U.S. citizen/non-U.S. Permanent Resident) please refer to the International Admissions Requirements page for further information about submitting transcripts, English proficiency scores, passport copy and financial documentation.

For More Information 
For more information about the admission process, please email the Graduate School at grad.school@unco.edu, or call 970-351-2170.