Application to Graduate School

Prerequisites for admission to graduate programs in Chemistry include:

  • Satisfactory record of undergraduate coursework in chemistry
  • GRE general examination* test scores (or departmental waiver**)
  • TOEFL for most international applicants
  • Admission to Graduate School at the University of Memphis

* GRE subject exam is not required
** Departmental waivers for GRE scores are rarely granted

Teaching and research assistantships, including a competitive stipend and all tuition and fees, are available only for full-time students (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, it will continue until graduation, so long as you are making satisfactory progress towards your degree.

Please submit the form below to request more information or complete your application.

Do not send application materials to the Graduate Coordinator. 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. Also, note that assistantships can not be approved until you are fully admitted to the Graduate School.

Graduate School Information and Application Materials:

International students must also supply the following:

  • TOEFL Score: minimum score of 550 on the paper exam or 210 on the computer-based exam. Normally much higher scores are required to obtain departmental support.
  • 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.
  • Health Insurance: All international students must purchase health insurance before they are allowed to enroll.

Please see the graduate school's International Admissions for further information.

Department of Chemistry Graduate Application Form

To complete your application:

  1. Apply to the Graduate School
  2. Have two letters of recommendation sent directly to the graduate coordinator at (gradchem@memphis.edu). Emailed letters are required. The email must be sent directly from the letter writer's institutional email account.
  3. Complete and submit this form:
    (Please be sure to enter your name and a valid email address!)

Thesis M.S.
In what area(s) of chemistry research are you interested?


B.A.   B.S.
in which subject?

I will receive   have received
in which subject?
other subject?
from what university?
If you are currently employed, what is your current position?
Please provide your college GPA (A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1)
Last two years
Graduate Record Examination scores (if available)
If you have not taken the GRE exam, please indicate the date you plan to take the exam
TOEFL Score (if applicable), please indicate if paper or computer exam

Please describe any previous research experience:

Please describe any previous teaching experience:

Are you a U.S. citizen? yes
If you are not a U.S. citizen, are you a permanent resident? no
Please check one of the following statements:
I am not interested in receiving a teaching or research assistantship.
I am interested in receiving an assistantship, but may attend the University of Memphis even if an assistantship is not awarded.
I am interested in receiving an assistantship, and will not be able to attend the University of Memphis if an assistantship is not awarded.

Any other colleges attended (Name and Location; Dates of Attendance; Major; Degree Awarded):

Enter any questions you would like answered, or additional information you wish to submit:

  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 GRE scores, 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)