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Application Deadline (Fall admission ONLY):  December 1st


Before beginning your application, review the Graduate School’s general admission requirements: Graduate and International Admissions We recruit for the doctoral program only; master’s applicants will not be considered. We admit students in the Fall semester ONLY.

IMPORTANT:  All application materials should be submitted electronically to the Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC). DO NOT SEND PAPER MATERIALS OR DUPLICATE PAPER COPIES OF ANY ITEM; THIS WILL DELAY PROCESSING TIME.

Application:  Complete the on-line application at ApplyTexas which opens in mid-August. Detailed instructions for applying can be found on the Graduate & International Admissions (GIAC) website. The institutional code for UT Austin is 6882. Pay the application fee ($65 for US citizens and permanent residents; $90 for international students).

Personal Statement: Please specify in your Statement of Purpose which broad area of chemistry describes your interests (analytical, inorganic, organic, or physical). We encourage you to describe interdisciplinary interests, as well. It is helpful in our review process if you will also indicate specific research themes and faculty with whom your interests align. Discuss your career goals, and how this program will help you reach those goals. A list of our faculty and a synopsis of their research is listed in our faculty research overview.  This link will also indicate which of our faculty are currently accepting graduate students. 

Letters of Recommendation: You will be asked to list the names and email addresses of three people you have chosen to recommend you for admission. Once you submit your application, an email will be sent to each recommender instructing them to visit a website and complete a questionnaire. The letters will automatically be routed to the Chemistry Department.

Current CV or Resume: Listing educational background, any related employment experience, and any relevant research experience.

Transcripts: Upload a scanned copy of an official transcript from every senior college you have attended. Find detailed instructions for uploading transcripts on the GIAC website.

GRE scores: GRE scores are no longer required to apply for admission to the UT chemistry graduate program and these scores are not considered as part of our application evaluation criteria. This applies to both the general and subject exams. 

Official TOEFL scores: International students whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).  Please arrange to have your official scores sent to GIAC by ETS.  The Institution code for the University of Texas at Austin for TOEFL score reports is 6882. No department code is necessary.  Only test scores mailed directly from the testing agency are considered official. If you hold a bachelor's degree from a U.S. institution or from an institution in another English-only speaking country, you will receive a waiver of the TOEFL.  For more information on language requirements, please visit the GIAC website.

Application Status: You may check the status of your application for receipt of materials and admissions decisions at your MyStatus website. Please allow at least two to four weeks after anticipated receipt by GIAC for your materials to appear as “received” at this site.

Students Denied Admission: Admissions to graduate programs at UT Austin are overseen by the Admissions Committee within the individual programs. These committees are composed of experienced faculty members who are best-suited to determine the individuals who best meet program standards. Unfortunately, when there are more qualified applicants than can adequately be instructed by the faculty or accommodated in the facilities, the Admissions Committee for the proposed area may deny admission to many applicants. Admissions recommendations to the graduate dean are final; there is no appeal. Please visit the UT Graduate & International Admissions webpage for further information.

For more information about your application, you may contact the program to which you applied. Please note, however, that programs operate at a volume that does not always allow them to provide feedback on individual applications or admissions decisions.


If you have specific application questions, please contact contact Graduate Program Administrator Jeff Grimes at jgrimes@austin.utexas.edu or 512-471-4538.

For program and scientific questions contact:

Zak Page zpage@utexas.edu

Hang Ren hren@utexas.edu

Co-Chairs, Admissions Committee
Department of Chemistry