How to Apply to the Graduate Program in Chemistry

Contact: Dr. Arrietta Clauss, Director of Graduate Student Services, gradadm@chem.wisc.edu
Phone: 608.262.0363, Toll-free: 888.997.2436

Application Deadlines

  • Application deadline for Fall 2018 admission and fellowship consideration: December 15, 2017


8 Steps to a Complete Admissions Application

For candidates who met all the typical qualifications for graduate program admission, the following eight-item checklist must be completed before your application is complete. 

1. Complete the Graduate School Application form online. Note: when applying to the chemistry Ph.D. program, you are applying to the Graduate School at UW-Madison. See the Graduate School's Admissions FAQ for more information. Be sure to click the submit button when the application is complete.

2. Complete the "Supplemental Application", which is available with the online Graduate School Application in Step 1. You must select "Save" after you complete this section or it will not be transmitted.  

3. Upload unofficial transcripts as pdfs for each insitution attended in the Supplemental Application. Universities attended as part of a study abroad program do not need to be included if the coursework is reflected on your current institution transcripts. Unofficial transcripts, accessible through student accounts via the university website, are acceptable.  If you request an official transcript from the university, please print the transcript and re-create an electronic version before you add it to the supplemental application.  This will remove the formatting that causes the transcript to be encrypted and unable to be viewed by the faculty.

     Official transcripts are only required if you are accepted into the chemistry graduate program. Once admitted, please send official transcripts or academic records (one original) from each institution attended to the Department of Chemistry (Mail to: Graduate Admissions, UW-Madison Department of Chemistry, 1101 University Ave., Madison, WI 53706 or email to awclauss@chem.wisc.edu).

4. Submit official GRE general test scores. (Institution code is 1846.  You may leave the department code blank.)

5. Submit official TOEFL test scores if native language is not English. (Institution code is 1846.  You may leave the department code blank.)

  • International students who have studied in the U.S. and completed the equivalant of two semesters of full-time graded coursework are exempt from the TOEFL requirement.

6. Upload a pdf attachment of your "Reasons for Graduate Study/Statement of Purpose" essay and CV. See the Department of Chemistry Admission FAQs for more information.

7.  Submit three letters of recommendation electronically. The Graduate School contacts the recommenders using the contact information in the online application. Additional instructions for electronic submission of recommendation letters are toward the bottom of the page. 

8. Complete payment of the $75 application fee via credit card. International students have an added $6 fee for the additional processing, for a total of $81. Applicants who participated in CHOPs or atteded NOBCChE, SACNAS, or ABRCAMS are eligible for a fee waiver through the Departmet of chemistry.  Students who participated in pipeline programs or are from low income families may be eligible for application fee waivers from the Graduate School (learn more in the chemistry admissions FAQ).

If you receive an offer and made a decison, please fill out the "Admission Response Form". Decisions should be made by April 15.


View chemistry admissions FAQ.

View Graduate School application and fees FAQ.