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Supporting Documents: Additional documents are required to support the application. Supporting documents should be uploaded to the online application. Click the links below for details. Supporting documents are described among the following specific instructions:

  • Submit an online application through the Graduate School and pay the application fee.
  • Transcripts - official transcripts are required.
  • GRE Test (optional) - The GRE score is not required but you are welcome to include your scores.  As the testing company (ETS) to send official copies of the scores to the Graduate School, using the Purdue West Lafayette ETS campus code of 1631.
  • English Proficiency- If you are an international applicant, take the TOEFL (or equivalent) and request that ETS send official copies of the scores to the Purdue Graduate School (West Lafayette, Indiana USA). The Chemistry Department has minimal score requirements, as described below.  Earning an undergraduate or Masters degree at a US university does not exempt international students from meeting the TOEFL requirement.
  • Three Recommendation letters- Ask your three recommenders to submit their recommendations electronically. Directions are in the on-line application.  If possible, at least one of these letters should be from a research advisor.
  • Statement of Purpose- Please upload this mandatory document into your electronic application.
  • Diversity Essay (optional) - If you are an American student, who has been significantly involved with any racial, ethnic, socio-economic, or educational community that has traditionally been underrepresented in higher education, please make an effort to submit a diversity essay.  Although this is optional, it is also a prerequisite for eligibility to certain graduate fellowships.
  • Resume (optional) - This is highly recommended as a concise way to present your accomplishments to your reviewers.
  • After you have applied, log in to your application periodically to check on the status of your application. We will update your application status through the application process.

Additional Information for International Applicants:

  • Both original language transcripts and English translations are required. Please upload them into your online application.
  • No financial statements should be mailed to the Chemistry Grad Office. If you are accepted to Purdue University and you are an international applicant, the International Students and Scholars office will send you the correct forms to be filled out upon acceptance.

Application Deadlines:  The Chemistry Department seeks applications for Fall admission only.  Applications and all supporting documentation, including transcripts and letters of recommendation, must be received prior to candidates being considered for admission.  Priority will be given to complete applications received before the priority date, with subsequent applications considered on a rolling basis depending on availability.  


Fall 2018 Spring Summer
US Citizen Priority - December 15, 2018 Not Applicable Not Applicable
International Priority - December 15, 2018 Not Applicable Not Applicable


Contact Information Mailing Address
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Main Office Phone:  (765) 494-5200

Name:  Betty Hatfield, Graduate Coordinator

Name: Stephen Hoffmann, Director of Chemistry Graduate Admissions

Graduate Admissions
Department of Chemistry
Purdue University
560 Oval Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2084

Please see the Chemistry Graduate Program FAQ at:  Graduate Program Website


Those graduate students who are already enrolled in the Department of Chemistry as master's degree candidates and interested in migrating to a doctoral degree program in this same graduate program will not be required to submit a new application.  Please consult with the Director of Chemistry Graduate Admissions or the Graduate Coordinator listed above. 

Master's Degree Program

The Department of Chemistry is not actively seeking Master's Degree applicants at this time, and students who apply for the MS program will be declined.  An exception is made for active service US military applicants who are fully funded by scholarships.  Please consult with the Assistant Department Head for more information.  

Doctoral Program Basic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average: 
    3.0/4.0 or equivalent required
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): 
    Required -- no minimum score set - but applicants may submit verified scores.  See previous section for instructions.

International Applicant Requirements: 

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0/4.0 or equivalent required:  this would be an average letter grade of B
  • Mandatory Completion of Current Degree:
    International students who are enrolled in a graduate-level degree-seeking program in the United States at the time they apply to Purdue, must complete that degree (Master's or Doctoral degree).  A final transcript showing the degree awarded will be required before they can enroll for classes at the Chemistry Department at Purdue University
  • Students enrolled in programs outside of the United States must complete the equivalent of a United States Bachelors Degree prior to matriculation.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
       Not required.  Students are welcome to request that verified scores be sent by the testing company (ETS), if they are available.
  • Certification of English Language Proficiency is required of all students for whom English is not their native language.  English proficiency requirements are higher for the Chemistry Department than the University minimum.  All international students for whom English is not the native language must earn TOEFL or IELTS scores listed below.  The scores must be for a test taken within the previous two years.  
    • TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers:  total of at least 88
          Speaking sub-score: 22 (at least) 
    • IELTS (Academic Module): An alternative to the TOEFL, a score of at least 7.0
          Speaking sub-score:  7.0 (at least)
    • International students earning a BS or MS degree at a US University may request a waiver from the testing requirement, which may be granted based on TOEFL or IELTS scores older than two years.  Waivers should be requested directly from the Department Assistant Head (see contact information above).  For the purposes of priority review, your application will not be considered complete until either a score is recorded or a waiver has been granted.  

If you do not meet the basic requirements described above, please do not submit an electronic application until you have contacted our graduate program staff.

Effective for those seeking Spring 2019 admission and beyond:

Minimum Paper-Delivered Test - no overall score reported
With the following minimum section requirements:
Reading: 19
Listening: 14
Writing: 18

IELTS (Academic Module):
Minimum overall score required: 6.5
With the following minimum section requirements:
Reading: 6.5
Listening: 6.0
Speaking: 7.0
Writing: 5.5

Pearson Test of English (PTE):
No longer accepted

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