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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 Instructions

Applications are submitted online through the Rackham Graduate School. You should Review the Rackham Graduate School's Admissions website which will provide valuable information about the application process and their requirements.  Note that your application fee of $75.00 will be waived if you are a US citizen or a permanent resident. GRE scores (general and subject) are NOT required for admission and will NOT be used in the admissions process.

Go to the Rackham Graduate School online application. Be sure to indicate on the application your subplan (analytical, organic, chemical biology, physical, inorganic, or materials), otherwise your application will not be considered complete. 

  1. Research Statement: Upload your Research Statement online in place of the "Statement of Purpose." The Research Statement should be a maximum of two pages and must include:
    1. Research experience: State the goals of your research and a one paragraph summary of each of your research projects, highlighting your contributions. Please include a list of publications or presentations of this research (do not send us the actual publications).
    2. Clearly indicate area of research interest (analytical, organic, chemical biology, inorganic, physical, or materials and subareas). Research Areas
    3. List a minimum of three U-M faculty whose research interests you. Faculty Accepting New Students
  2. Personal Statement: This statement may be used to determine your suitability for specific fellowships. Your personal statement should enhance our understanding of your personal background and life experiences, including educational, cultural, familial, or other opportunities or challenges (500 words maximum).
  3. Resume/Curriculum Vitae: A CV is optional. If you choose to upload a short CV, include educational background, awards, research experiences, publications, and presentations. Otherwise, type N/A in the field.
  4. Three Letters of Recommendation: Be sure to register the names of ALL of your recommenders when you fill out the online application. One of the letters must be from your current research advisor. If you or your recommenders have any trouble uploading documents, please contact If any of the recommenders are still not able to submit their letters online, they may send the letters directly to us, along with the Recommendation for Admission Form, though this may delay the processing of your application.

    Graduate Admissions
    Department of Chemistry
    University of Michigan
    930 North University Ave, Room 1500
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1055

  5. Transcripts:
    1. Submitting Transcripts with Online Application: As part of the online application process you must upload your transcript(s) [an unofficial copy is acceptable] for your application to be considered complete and reviewed. When submitting transcripts online, upload the front and back of the transcript(s). Do not upload transcripts from community colleges, non-degree programs, study abroad programs or for Associates degrees, unless relevant coursework from these programs is NOT included on your undergraduate degree transcript. [For example courses in math, chemistry, and physics.]
    2. Sending Hard Copies of Official Transcripts to the Graduate School: All applicants are also required to submit one set of official transcripts from undergraduate and postgraduate institutions directly to the Rackham Graduate School. Please submit your application before sending your transcripts to Rackham. Here are details on how to submit your transcript.  International students should also click here for additional instructions on submitting transcripts.
    3. Send, along with copy of the Academic Records Submission Form, to:

      Rackham Graduate School
      Attn: Transcripts/U-M ID# (if known) or Date of Birth (mm/dd/yyyy)
      915 E Washington Street
      Ann Arbor MI 48109-1070
  6. Official TOEFL Score Report: The Department requires the TOEFL test for students who have not obtained their degrees from approved English-speaking institutions. Scores must be received by the application deadline for your application to be reviewed.  The average TOEFL speaking score of admitted students is 22-24.  See here for more information: Required Tests for Non-Native English SpeakersNote: International students may be interviewed in person or via Skype to evaluate English proficiency.  Once admitted, international students who did not receive their undergraduate degree from an English speaking institution will also be required to arrive the summer before they officially begin the program to take an English course and pass an Oral English Test.   


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. Application fees for domestic students are waived.  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.