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Autumn 2017 Application Information for 2018-2019

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.
  • Applications must include all required documentation. As the Chemistry Graduate Admissions Committee will begin reviewing applications and making offers of admission as early as December 1, 2017, you are strongly encouraged to submit all required documentation by the application deadline.
  • Applicants must complete the online application via the UW Graduate School: https://www.grad.washington.edu/applForAdmiss/

 

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: Graduate School English Language Proficiency Requirements for information about the accepted ways in which language proficiency can be demonstrated.

 

Memo 8 also includes the minimum accepted test scores for admission to the UW Graduate Program in Chemistry:

  • TOEFL iBT: 92

(A score of ≥26 on the speaking section is required in order to be exempt from further English testing. Applicants with a TOEFL iBT speak score in the range of 2225 are also encouraged to apply if they have an exceptionally strong academic record).

  • IELTS (if taken before June 1, 2017): 7.0

(Note: As the UW Graduate School no longer accepts IELTS scores, results from testing dates after May 30, 2017 will not be accepted.)

  • GRE: no minimum score is required

TOEFL iBT and IELTS test scores are valid for two years and must be valid on the date the application is submitted.

 

Application Process

Apply online for admittance to the Chemistry PhD program. Upload all of the required materials via the application website as early as possible, and prior to the application deadline. These materials should include all of the items listed below under Required Documentation.

 

The non-refundable $85 application fee must be paid by credit card when you submit your application online. (Fee waivers may be available to applicants who qualify for financial need. International applicants expecting a J-1 or F-1 visa are not eligible for application fee waivers.)

 

Visit the UW Graduate School admissions website for information about the admissions process, including an overview of the admissions process and information specific to international students.

 

Required Documentation

Submit all of the following application materials electronically via the Graduate School online application website prior to the December 1, 2017 deadline. No materials need to be sent via postal mail as the Department of Chemistry and the University of Washington Graduate School do not encourage paper submissions for this program.

 

  1. Official GRE scores (electronic submission only; University of Washington institution code: 4854). The subject test is not required.
  2. One unofficial transcript from each college and/or university attended for credit (uploaded via the online application website). NOTE: Students who accept admission must submit official transcripts, which will be compared to unofficial transcripts submitted during the application process.
  3. Three letters of recommendation, coordinated through and uploaded by writers to the online application website. Hard copy letters are discouraged; if your recommender prefers to send a paper copy then s/he should include the recommendation cover form with the letter of recommendation.
  4. Statement of Purpose, which should include but is not limited to the following topics: describe your primary motivations for wanting to attend graduate school, and identify three to four UW faculty whose research is of interest to you and briefly explain why.
  5. Resume or Vitae
  6. For international applicants who are not English exempt: Official TOEFL iBT or IELTS test score (University of Washington institution code: 4854).

 

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 Chemistry Graduate Admissions 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

206.543.4787

gradprogram@chem.washington.edu

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