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If you do not get an answer to your question here, contact Lori Nesnow.

After I apply, will I receive a confirmation that my supplemental material has been received?

You may check your status page and view which items have been received and which items the Graduate Office is still waiting to receive.

Are GRE subject tests required?

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry does not require subject tests.

Does the Department of Chemistry have a restriction on the minimum number of Chemistry modules taken during undergraduate years for PhD application?

We do have students with biology, physics, and engineering backgrounds but we want to be sure that the student has the academic background to succeed in our coursework. If the prospective student does not have undergraduate classes in chemistry, the chance of their being admitted is smaller. If there is any other evidence of this proficiency, we will take it in to consideration.

Fee Waiver

http://grad.udel.edu/fees-and-funding/application-fee/

How many copies of my transcripts are required?

Initial application reviews can take place using scanned copies of unofficial transcripts. You can either request your own transcript, scan it and upload it to your application or visit the Registrar’s page of your home institution to print an unofficial copy for your use. All scanned documents are unofficial, but can be used for a graduate program’s application review process.

For additional instructions go to the Graduate and Professional Education website. Click on Transcripts.

How many students will be admitted each fall? How many from my country?

The number of students varies each year. This is dependent on funding and students who have graduated. All applicants are reviewed with equal merit, regardless of the country of origin.

I need financial assistance.

All full time Ph.D. students who are cleared to TA receive a generous stipend and tuition waiver.

I only want to attend Part Time.

No financial support is available and most of the part-time graduate students are supported by their employers. Attending only evening classes would not be possible in our department. However, if you can attend the seminar series that start at 4 pm (Monday, Wednesday, or Friday, depending on the division), there are some possibilities for taking graduate-level classes in the evening to fulfill all the requirements over a longer period of time than that for full-time students.

I want to transfer in from another program.

If you are interested in transferring to our program, please start the application process via the internet at http://www.udel.edu/gradoffice/apply/. The admission process is highly competitive and transfer students are considered with the same standards as first-time admission applicants.  Prospective transfer students will need to include a detailed explanation for their decision to transfer.  We will follow up with the previous institution to verify enrollment.

I would like to apply for spring semester. Will you be accepting applications for spring?

We do have an occasional spring admission but it is only done in exceptional cases as all the coursework is designed to start in the fall semester.

My GRE scores will be late. Will this affect my chances of being admitted?

Scores received within a reasonable time after February 1st will not negatively affect your application.

How many letters of recommendation are required?

Three letters of recommendation are required. It is preferred that the letters of recommendation come from individuals who have directly interacted with the applicant in various roles - instructor of record, faculty mentor, research advisor, or job supervisor.  

Any applicant with prior scientific research/employment experience must arrange for a letter of recommendation from the research advisor or supervisor.

My Recommender will not complete the online form. What should I do?

The University of Delaware’s graduate programs have moved toward exclusive use of electronic recommendation submissions. Exceptions can only be authorized by a direct communication from the Department. We cannot accept any third-party recommendation service or any individual letters already in the applicant’s possession.

For exceptions, recommenders should contact Lori Nesnow at chem-grad@udel.edu.

What is the application deadline date for fall?

The official application deadline is January 15. Applications will continue to be reviewed through April 15.

What is the Department and University code for ETS?

All application material needs to be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies. The ETS University of Delaware institution code is 5811. The Department code is not necessary.

What is the application fee?

75 U.S. Dollars

What is the minimum GRE score I must have to be admitted?

There is no official minimum score for the GRE. Your entire application will be carefully reviewed before a decision is reached by the committee in charge of admissions, including the GRE scores.

What is the minimum TOEFL score to be considered for admission? 

The University of Delaware requires a minimum score of 550 (paper) or 79 (IBT) to be considered for admission to graduate studies. Applicants meeting this minimum criteria will be considered by the department, but preference will be given to applicants with scores of 600 (paper) or 100 (IBT), or higher. TOEFL scores alone do not guarantee admission, applications are considered in their entirety.

When will I know if I am admitted?

The Director of Graduate Studies will first contact you via email informing you that the committee has recommended you for admission. Official offers will be electronically sent from the Office of Graduate Studies.

  • International student offers will be electronically sent from the Office of International Students and Scholars.

What are the required supplemental application documents?

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry requires that all applicants for the Ph.D. program provide a supplemental document, that will help the selection committee identify their area(s) of research interest.

There is no required format/length, but it is generally expected that your statement will specifically describe how your interests overlap with the work of at least two or three research faculty.

Where do I mail my supplemental application documents?

Supplemental documents should not be mailed. The application process is completely automated.  All unofficial documents will be used for review purposes.

I didn’t get my questions answered here. Who do I ask?

If you are a prospective Ph.D. student, contact Lori Nesnow (chem-grad@udel.edu), or by telephone @ 302-831-2462. You can also set up a campus visit.

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