Applying to the Chemistry Department

There are many different ways to join in and contribute to the fast-paced research and innovation underway in the Chemistry Department at the University of Memphis.

Prospective Undergraduates

Students looking to complete an undergraduate degree as a B.S. or B.S.Ch. in Chemistry at the University of Memphis may select and complete the appropriate application from the listed forms on this page; more information including course listings and degree requirements can be found in the University of Memphis catalog.

Prospective Graduate Students

Apply NOW at https://apply.memphis.edu/portal/graduate_application

Thank you in advance for your interest in the department -- we are very proud of our current graduate students, faculty, and staff and look forward to learning how you can contribute to the exciting discourse, research, and facilities underway in the Chemistry Department. Before you join us however, you must submit an application. Familiarize yourself with the application process by exploring the links below.

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Application Forms, Prerequisites, and Policies >

Please note that teaching and research assistantships, including a competitive stipend and all tuition and fees, are available only for full-time students on the doctoral track (we even pay your parking!). Competition for assistantships is vigorous, and there is no guarantee that all admitted students will receive financial assistance. Once an assistantship has been awarded, funding is guaranteed for five years so long as you are making satisfactory progress towards your degree. New in Fall 2024: All students supported on an assistantship are eligible for fully subsidized Health Insurance! For details on this exciting development, see the Graduate School Health Insurance website.

All prospective graduate students must complete the application on the Graduate School website to be considered for admission to Ph.D. and/or M.S. (Chemistry) courses of study. Please note that students will not be allowed to enroll as a graduate student in the Chemistry Department unless they meet the following prerequisites:

  • Satisfactory record of undergraduate coursework in chemistry

  • TOEFL (or equivalent) for most international applicants

  • Admission to Graduate School at the University of Memphis

* GRE examination is not required

Our application consists of:

  • Academic Transcripts
  • Personal Statement describing why you want to pursue an advanced degree in chemistry at the University of Memphis
  • 2 (minimum) Letters of Recommendation

International students must also supply the following:

  • Proof of English Language Proficiency: Ways to meet this foreign language requirement (TOEFL, Duolingo, etc.) can be found on the graduate school admissions website.
  • Evaluation of Credentials: A course-by course evaluation report is required.
  • Health Certificate: Within 30 days from the first day of classes, each international student must submit a certificate from a licensed U.S. physician or other qualified U.S. medical authority verifying freedom from tuberculosis.

Please see the graduate school's website for further information.

We accept applications for students wishing to start their degrees in either Fall or Spring semesters. The priority application deadline for Fall admission is February 1. The priority application for Spring admission is July 1.  We can accept applications after these dates (but before the Graduate School application deadlines found on their website) until the class is full. Classes regularly fill with applications received before the priority deadline. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to apply prior to these dates for full consideration.

For answers to frequently asked questions, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Apply NOW at https://apply.memphis.edu/portal/graduate_application

NOTE: Please do not send application materials, including letters of recommendation, directly to the Graduate Coordinator or any faculty member in chemistry. These materials must be sent to the Graduate School. Your application can not be processed or considered by the department until your application to the graduate school is complete. You do not need a faculty sponsor to apply. Also, note that assistantships can not be approved until you are fully admitted to the Graduate School via the application portal.

  1. After you start your application with the graduate school, you will receive a UID (it starts with a U and ends in numbers). Please forward your UID to the Graduate Coordinator (gradchem@memphis.edu)
  2. After your application is complete (fees paid, transcripts, and, if applicable, certificates and TOEFL score), you will receive a confirmation email from the graduate school. Please forward this email to the Graduate Coordinator (gradchem@memphis.edu)