Graduate Program Application Instructions


The prospective student should have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, show promise of ability to engage in advanced work, and have adequate preparation—at least 35 credit hours of chemistry broadly representative of the fields of the discipline—in a chemistry curriculum. The GRE exam is required for all applicants. A complete application package includes:

The IUPUI Online Application and Personal Statement
Please be sure to complete the Personal Statement regarding your goals and plans for your professional career in the on-line application. Please also note the specific area(s) of Chemistry that interests you. An application fee will be charged which may be paid by credit card. Complete the IUPUI Graduate Student Application Now.

Letters of Recommendation: We require three letters of recommendation from people familiar with you and your student and/or professional career. NOTE: If you have completed the online University application and have listed contact information for your recommenders they will receive an automatic letter request through which they can submit their letter. You will not need to request mailed hard copies.  In lieu of that, letters on letterhead are also acceptable (see recommended letter format) and should be mailed to the department in care of Graduate Admissions.

Transcripts: One original copy of the official transcript(s) of all previous university work is required. Please arrange for official hard copies to be sent to the department in care of Graduate Admissions. All degrees awarded should be documented. A list of university courses and their titles which do not appear on the transcript(s) should also be sent to the department:

Graduate Admissions Committee

Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis
402 N. Blackford Street, LD 326
Indianapolis, IN 46202-3274

GRE: All students are required to take the Graduate Record Examination general test; the chemistry exam is not required but will be considered if a score is submitted. Please have the documentation of your score sent directly to IUPUI from the Educational Testing Service using the University Code 1325.

TOEFL: International students must take the TOEFL. The minimum scores required for admission are:

Overall - 80 iBT

Listening - 16

Reading - 19

Speaking - 22

Writing - 18

As an alternative to the TOEFL, we will consider the IELTS with a bandwidth of 6.5.

Please have the documentation of your scores sent directly to IUPUI from the Educational Testing Service using the University Code 1325.


Fellowships & Assistantship : If you are interested in applying for a fellowship, please download and mail to us the form: ”Release of Confidential Information to the University Fellowship Subcommittee.”

Deadline for Applications:  Applications for full-time study should be completed by January 15 for entry in the following fall semester to ensure complete consideration for departmental fellowships and other financial support. Late applications will be considered only if full-time positions are available. Applications for part-time graduate admission may be submitted up to two months prior to the intended starting date.

Graduate Continuing Non-Degree (GCND) students who wish to enroll in courses, though not necessarily in a degree program, should contact the IUPUI Graduate Office. Students should be aware that no more than 12 credit hours earned as a nondegree student may be counted toward a degree program.