Ohio University

Chemistry Graduate Admissions

Graduate student in the chemistry lab
Graduate student in the chemistry lab

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Admission Requirements

Applications will be taken under consideration by the department after sufficient documentation is provided to make an assessment; however, an official offer of admission cannot be made until Department and Graduate College admissions requirements are satisfied.  A student with weaknesses in some areas of their application may still be considered for admission if other aspects of the application are considerably strong.

Application Requirements:

  • A completed application form submitted electronically through the Graduate College.
  • A bachelor’s degree awarded before the start date of the graduate program. Typical graduate students in our program hold a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biochemistry, or a related field with a strong background in chemistry. International students must have a degree that is equivalent to a bachelor’s degree at a U.S. institution.
  • Minimum GPA required is 3.0 out of 4.0 for an undergraduate degree and any additional graduate degree programs, as applicable.
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general exam is no longer a requirement for application to the Chemistry graduate degree programs. However, for students interested in applying to the Chemistry-Molecular & Cellular Biology graduate degree program, the GRE general exam is required. The code for Ohio University is 1593.  Official scores must be supplied directly from ETS. The GRE chemistry subject exam is not required.
  • Three letters of recommendation on official letterhead submitted through the Graduate College’s online system. It is preferred that these letters are written by former professors or research supervisors who can speak to the applicant’s academic and research abilities. A letter from a work supervisor is also acceptable. Letters from peers or co-workers are not acceptable. All letters must be submitted directly by the writers, and not by the applicant. The letters should address the applicant’s potential for conducting graduate level research and succeeding in graduate level coursework. Although three letters are required, the admissions committee may begin reviewing an application as soon as two letters are received by the Graduate College.
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended. 
  • Resume or CV, which lists every school attended as well as the GPA obtained at each institution. The resume should also list research experience, teaching experience, publications, and other important work or academic experiences.
  • Statement of Purpose that discusses the following in sufficient detail:
    • Motivation for attending graduate school
    • Previous research experience and research accomplishments
    • Previous teaching experience or work experience
    • Graduate research interests, including a discussion about faculty or research areas that interest you
    • Briefly address any weaknesses on your application, such as poor grades or gaps on your resume
  • English Proficiency. International students whose native language is not English also must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic). To be considered official, test scores must be reported directly from the testing agency to Ohio University. Click for more information on English Proficiency (opens in a new window).

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Application Deadline

Students are usually admitted to begin their studies in the fall semester. (In exceptional cases, admission may be granted in the spring semester.) In order to guarantee full consideration, an application should be complete by March 1 for admission in the following fall semester.

Note: When you apply, we encourage you to contact faculty members working in your area of interest. See Faculty Research Areas.

The graduate recruitment committee will start reviewing your application once all the documents listed above have been submitted with the online application.

Special Instructions for Double Master's Applicants

Note regarding the double master's program with Leipzig University in Germany: Prospective students should apply by Feb. 1 to start the program in the summer. On the online application, indicate in your application your research adviser preference and that you are applying for the double master's program. In addition, please send an email to the graduate chair of OHIO's Chemistry & Biochemistry Department (Dr. Eric Masson) stating that you have applied to the double master's program.