Prospective Students

The information below applies to ALL Graduate Chemistry Degrees.

Questions about Application Materials?

Contact the Graduate Program Coordinator

Application Submission

Application Submission Priority Deadlines

All Program Deadlines Fall
Priority Deadline
(For funding and consideration)
December 5
Final University Domestic Deadline
(US Citizen and Permanent Resident) 
February 15
Final University International Deadline February 15

Priority deadlines are earlier than final University deadlines. Priority deadlines are important for both admission and funding. Applications submitted after the priority deadline will be considered on a space available basis.

Our program focuses on Fall admissions, and admits a limited number of students in the Spring cycle.

Our program gives priority for admission and funding to Ph.D. applicants. We allow students with bachelor's degrees to apply directly to the Ph.D. program (a master's degree is not required). M.A. and M.S. applicants are expected to have their own source of funding.

Application Requirements

Please note: The GRE is no longer required for admissions.

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You must upload the following required application materials using the USF online application — do not email or mail material to the Chemistry Department.
Only complete applications, with all material submitted prior to the deadline, will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. 

In addition to the application requirements listed in the catalog please fill out the following:

  • Supplemental Questions**
    • Please list the area (or areas) of chemistry that you are interested in
    • Please list the names of any USF faculty you are interested in working with
    • Please briefly summarize your past research experience
    • Please reference any work you have published (with the journal name, article name and date)
    • Please briefly summarize any past teaching experience

**If any of the following questions do not apply to you, list N/A as your answer.

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Your application can be reviewed using unofficial/uploaded transcripts and scores.
If you are conditionally admitted using unofficial transcripts or test scores, we will then require official transcripts and electronic test scores (submitted directly from the testing agency) prior to enrollment.

Additional Information

Official test scores: USF's school code is 5828

Official transcripts: Send directly to Graduate Admissions
We do not accept transcripts sent to the Chemistry Department.

Office of Admissions
University of South Florida
4202 E Fowler Ave SVC 1036
Tampa, FL 33620-6900

Please note, a student's acceptance is granted for the semester and for the particular program specified in the official acceptance notification. In the event that a student wishes to change the date of entrance, they must request a deferral from the Chemistry Department. Failure to enroll during the specified semester without an approved deferral form will result in the cancellation of admission and will necessitate reapplication by the student.

International Students

Please see below for the following for one of the requirements, for more information head to the International Services website.

English Requirement

These scores cannot be waived if you would like to be considered for a Teaching Assistantship (department funding). If you are self-support or have a scholarship and earned a degree in the US, the scores could potentially be waived. Click here for more information about International Teaching Assistants

Test scores must have been earned within 2 years of the desired date of entry*.

*Date of entry is the first day of classes each semester