How to Apply


Deadlines for Fall Admission in the Chemistry program:

  • Deadline for Fall Admission in the Chemistry Program:  December 1st

Before you apply for graduate school, we recommend visiting the Office of Graduate Studies for general admissions requirements.  Our page graduate application tips is designed to help you through the application process.  If you are an international student, you should also read the specific information for international applicants.


To apply for graduate school in Chemistry, follow the steps below carefully to complete the application process. Click here to apply for graduate school in Biochemistry.


IMPORTANT:  All application materials may be submitted electronically to the Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC).  DO NOT SEND PAPER MATERIALS OR DUPLICATE PAPER COPIES OF ANY ITEM; THIS WILL DELAY PROCESSING TIME.


1.  Complete the on-line application at ApplyTexas which opens in early August.

  • The major code for Chemistry is 620900.
  • Pay the application fee ($65 for US citizens and permanent residents; $90 for international students).
  • Personal Statement: Please specify in your Statement of Purpose which broad area of chemistry describes your interests (analytical, inorganic, organic, or physical).  Feel free to mention interdisciplinary interests, as well.  It is helpful in our review process if you will also indicate specific research themes and/or faculty with whom your interests align.  A list of our faculty and a synopsis of their research is listed on our faculty pages.
  • Letters of Recommendation:  You will be asked to list the names and email addresses of the three people you have chosen to recommend you for admission.  Once you submit your application, an email will be sent to each recommender instructing them to visit a website and complete a questionnaire.  The letters will automatically be routed to the department.


2.  After you have completed the application and paid your fee, upload the following items to your application.  Detailed instructions are given on the GIAC website for uploading these materials to your My Status site.

  • Current CV or resume listing educational background, any related employment experience, and any relevant research experience.
  • Transcripts: a copy of an official transcript from every senior college you have attended.


3.  Submit the following items to GIAC at the address listed here. DO NOT SEND PAPER COPIES OR PHOTOCOPIES OF SCORES. These documents must be received directly from The Educational Testing Service or they will not be accepted.

  • Official GRE scores from The Educational Testing Service.  We require verbal and quantitative (math) scores.  We do not require the chemistry subject test for admission.  The ETS institution code for The University of Texas at Austin is 6882.  The ETS departmental code for Chemistry is 0301.
  • Official TOEFL scores (international students only).


You may check the status of your application for receipt of materials at My Status website.  Please allow at least two to four weeks after anticipated receipt by GIAC for your materials to appear as “received” at this site.


If you have specific application questions, please contact:

Betsy Hamblen at
Graduate Coordinator
Department of Chemistry
The University of Texas at Austin
105 E 24th St. Stop A5300
Austin, TX 78712-1224

Phone: 512-471-4538

For program and scientific questions contact:

Prof. Simon Humphrey
Prof. Sean Roberts

Co-Chairs, Admissions Committee Department of Chemistry
The University of Texas at Austin
105 E 24th St. Stop A5300
Austin, TX 78712-1224