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How to Apply


A complete application (including all of the supplementary materials) should be received by the Department by: 

  • December 1 for all applicants.


Application Fee Waiver

The Chemistry department understands that otherwise competitive applicants may find themselves in a situation where the application fee is prohibitive. Some such circumstances include (but are not limited to):

- Students who have experienced financial hardship as a result of family economic circumstances  
- Students coming from an educational, cultural, or geographic background that is underrepresented in graduate study in their discipline in the United States or at the University of Michigan.
- Students who are first-generation U.S. citizens or are the first in their families to graduate from a four-year college

To help reduce the financial barriers to education, we offer a fee waiver program for domestic and permanent resident students. If you would like to request a fee waiver, please email with a brief paragraph explaining your circumstances and a copy of your undergraduate transcript.

Additionally, students who have participated in University of Michigan pipeline programs such as MCORE or REU, or have attended a NOBCChE, ABRCMS, or SACNAS conference will qualify for our application fee waiver upon request.

General Information

Once your application is complete, it will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.  Note that GRE scores (general and subject) are NOT required for admission, nor are they reviewed.   The Chemistry Department will contact you once a decision has been made. Please DO NOT contact the Rackham Graduate School with inquiries on the status of your application, as they do not know the answer to that question. **TO VERIFY THE RECEIPT OF YOUR APPLICATION AND MATERIALS, please follow the instructions at the bottom of this page: Checklist for Application. If you have not yet heard from the Chemistry Department regarding your application, a decision has not yet been made.

If you have any questions, please contact the Chemistry Graduate Office.