Graduate Admissions & Application

Application Information for Autumn 2017

Thank you for your interest in pursuing doctoral studies in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Washington. Below you will find information regarding application deadlines and requirements. Please explore the Department of Chemistry website for more information on the graduate program and areas of faculty research. We look forward to receiving your application.

Application Requirements

  • Online Application Deadline: December 1, 2017.
  • All requested documentation is required. The admissions committee will begin reviewing applications and making offers of admission as early as December 1, 2017, so you are strongly encouraged to have all your required documentation submitted by the application deadline.
  • The online application is available through the University of Washington Graduate School:

Educational Background Requirements

Educational background should be equivalent to that of an undergraduate major in one of the natural sciences or engineering.


Applicants will automatically be considered for Teaching or Research Assistantships in the Department of Chemistry, and there is no separate application for these positions.


Proficiency in English is required for graduate study at the University of Washington.  Therefore, every applicant whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. Please refer to Memo 8 from the Graduate School for more detail on how proficiency can be demonstrated.


Memo 8 also includes the following criteria in context of admission to the UW Graduate Program in Chemistry.


Minimum acceptable scores are:

  • TOEFLibt: 92 (Note: a score of 26 or more is required for the speaking section in order to be exempt from further English testing. Applicants with a TOEFLiBT speak score in the range of 22 to 25 are also encouraged to apply if they have an exceptionally strong academic record). Test must be no more than 2 years old.
  • IELTS: 7.0 ( We are phasing out usage of IELTS. IELTS with a test session date after May 30, 2017 will not be accepted.)
  • GRE: no minimum score is required

Application Process

Please apply online for our Chemistry Graduate Program. There is an application fee of $85 which must be paid by credit card when you submit your application online. This fee cannot be waived.


Upload all of the required materials on the application website as early as possible, but prior to the December 4, 2015 application deadline. These materials should include all of the items listed as Required Documentation below.

Required Documentation

Submit the following materials through the Graduate School's online application website prior to the December 1, 2017 deadline. Please note that all application materials should be submitted electronically and no materials need to be sent via postal mail. The Department of Chemistry and the University of Washington Graduate School do not encourage paper submissions for this program.


  1. Official GRE scores (only electronic submission accepted; the University of Washington institution code is 4854). The subject test is not required.
  2. One unofficial transcript from each college and/or university attended for credit. The transcript(s) can be uploaded through the Graduate School's online application website. NOTE: Upon acceptance official transcripts are required and compared to the uploaded unofficial transcripts.
  3. Three letters of recommendation, submitted through the Graduate School's online application website. Paper copies are not encouraged; however, if your recommender prefers to send in a hard copy then he or she should include the recommendation cover form with the letter of recommendation.
  4. Official TOEFLiBT or IELTS score (required for international applicants who are not English Exempt; the University of Washington institution code is 4854).
  5. Statement of Purpose. The Statement of Purpose should include but is not limited to the following content: describe your primary motivations for wanting to attend graduate school and identify three to four faculty whose research you are interested in, and briefly explain why.
  6. Resume or Vitae


Your application will not be considered complete until items a-f listed above have been submitted.


All application materials should be submitted electronically. The Department of Chemistry and the University of Washington Graduate School do not encourage paper submissions for this program.


You will be notified of the Admission Committee’s decision no later than the end of March.

Contact Information

Krista Holden

Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Chemistry
University of Washington
Box 351700

Seattle, WA 98195-1700


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