Department of Chemistry



How to Apply

Domestic Applicants

  • Complete online application (no cost).  
  • A statement of purpose that addresses your specific interests and/or expertise in chemistry, and describes as specifically as possible the area of research you wish to pursue.
  • Transcripts for all college-level institutions attended. All (unofficial) transcripts must be uploaded onto the application Web site.
  • Three letters of reference. (Use the forms on the application Web site. They should be uploaded to the site by the reference.)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, general and chemistry subject, are recommended but not required.
  • The application fee is waived for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. (In the online form, indicate that you will pay by check, but do not send a check)

International Applicants

All of the above plus:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Duolingo English Test scores. The minimum TOEFL score of 100 (with at least a score of 22 in all of the four sections of speaking, listening, reading, and writing), the required minimum IELTS of 7.0 (with at least 6.5 in each of its four sections), or the required minimum Duolingo score of 110 (preferred score 120 or higher).  Please submit your scores officially in order for them to be considered received. 
    • TOEFL scores should be sent directly to the university.  A PDF copy of the score report can be uploaded to your application under "Additional Information" or emailed to the graduate administrator to be attached to your application as an unofficial copy until your official scores are received. 
    • IELTS report will need to be mailed to the university.  Please mail it to the graduate administrator at the address listed below. 
    • Duolingo scores must be shared by uploading a PDF copy of the score report to your application under "Additional Information" or emailing a copy to the graduate administrator to be attached to your application. 
  • Application fee of $75 U.S.

Applicants are encouraged to submit completed applications as early as possible.

Application review will begin on December 15, 2021, and proceed on a rolling basis.  Applications received after January 15th will not be considered.  

For more information please contact:

Graduate Administrator
Department of Chemistry
239 Chevron Science Center
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Phone: 412-624-8501
FAX: 412-624-8611

Online applications may be started for the Chemistry Department's Fall 2022 graduate class beginning October 1, 2021.  All applicants will receive an e-mailed decision letter by February 1, 2022.