The Graduate Program in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in chemistry (or a related sub-discipline) with a basic foundation in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics.
Applicants will be considered on the basis of their intellectual capacity, communication skills, motivation, and aptitude for laboratory research. Applicants with serious undergraduate course deficiencies may be required to correct these prior to admission into the program.
- Summer Admission: February 15 (Students start mid-July)
- Spring Admission: October 1
Please note: Applications for M.S. thesis and Ph.D. programs in Chemistry are accepted for both Summer and Spring semesters. Students are not currently being admitted in the M.S. non-thesis track. Application deadlines are listed above.
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry encourages all full-time students to begin their studies in the Summer semester due to the rotation component of the first year curriculum. However, qualified students will be considered for Spring semester admission if application materials are received by October 1. Students wishing to pursue studies on a part-time basis may submit applications up to one month before the desired date of entrance.
Graduate application materials should be sent to:
Bayer School of Natural & Environmental Sciences
100 Mellon Hall
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Application Requirements
Please submit a complete application with all items listed below. Only complete application packages are reviewed by the Admissions Committee.
1. An application.
To complete an online application, go to one of the following:
2. A Statement of Purpose is required. It should be approximately 250 words, describing your goals and objectives for enrolling in this program.
3. Official transcripts in English of all undergraduate and any graduate studies completed. Ask the registrar(s) of your undergraduate and graduate colleges or universities to send the transcript to the above address.
4. Three letters of recommendation sent by your listed references to the above address. In addition, please also have each reference submit a completed recommendation form.
5. Official GRE scores sent to the above address. General test scores are required, and subject test scores are recommended.
6. Application Fees
- The graduate degree program application fee is waived for domestic applicants.
- For domestic applicants seeking a non-degree program, there is a $10 application fee (make check or money order payable to Duquesne University).
- INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS - There is a $40 application processing fee (make check or money order payable to Duquesne University).
7. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ONLY - Your application package must also contain the following:
- Official (iBT) TOEFL scores that are current to one year. Please review Duquesne University's English Language Proficiency requirements. Total Internet-based TOEFL scores must be at least 100 or greater for admission to the graduate Chemistry program.
- Before classes begin, International students and any non-native speakers of the English language (including Lawful Permanent Residents) will be required to take the Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit (SPEAK) test. On occasion students with exceptionally high speaking portions of the TOEFL may be waived from the SPEAK test.
- Duquesne University Affidavit of Support Form completed in full and an official bank statement. The affidavit of support form is a legal document that a student’s sponsor must complete and have notarized and certified. The bank statement must be from the sponsor and show at least one full year of costs. Estimates of costs for the academic year are available from the Office of International Programs.
- Mandatory International Student Form.
- 40 USD check or money order (payable to Duquesne University).
Application Deadlines for International Students:
Summer admission: February 15
Spring admission: October 1
Please note: These deadlines also apply to international students seeking assistantships.
Please make sure your application is complete. Applications that are missing any of the above items will not be processed.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with application questions or problems.
Special Student Status
Students who wish to take graduate science classes but are not interested in earning an advanced degree may apply for "Special Student" status. See the Special Student Application Instructions for more information.
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