Typical Qualifications for Graduate Program Admission

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Our minimum requirements for admission are:
  1. Degree: Your bachelor's degree must be completed before you begin the graduate program in chemistry. Our graduate students usually hold a bachelor's in chemistry or in a related science with a strong background in chemistry. International applicants must have a degree comparable to an approved U.S. bachelor's degree. [Prospective graduate students are expected to have satisfactorily completed the equivalent in class and lab of the fundamental courses in chemistry offered at UW-Madison, one year of physics, and mathematics through calculus. Students who have not completed all the prerequisites may be admitted in exceptional cases, but any deficiencies must be made up in the first year of graduate study].
  2. GPA: A minimum undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Please note: Most applicants accepted into the program have a GPA above 3.5.
  3. English proficiency: Applicants whose native language is not English, or whose undergraduate institution instruction was not in English, must provide official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB).  An admitted applicant whose TOEFL score is below 92 (iBT); below 580 (paper-based); below 237 (computer-based (CBT)); or whose IELTS score is below 7 must take an English assessment test upon arrival. You must then register for any recommended English as a Second Language (ESL) course(s) in the first semester you are enrolled. Please note: We have many highly qualified candidates and we rarely accept applicants with a score below 105 (internet-based) or IELTS below 7.
  4. GRE: All applicants are required to submit the scores from the general Graduate Record Examinations (GRE). The Chemistry subject test is required for international applicants and is strongly encouraged especially for fellowship considerations and domenstic students. The minimum expected GRE percentiles are: Verbal: 40%; Quantitative: 70%; Writing Assessment Score of 3.0