Graduate Admissions

How to Apply for the PhD in Chemistry


The Chemistry Department welcomes and invites applications for admission to the Ph.D. program from all qualified candidates. We admit students who will begin their studies in the Fall term. The normal admissions process begins in the previous fall and most of the openings are filled by mid-April.

$80 Application Fee

Link to Application

 We will begin accepting applications on October 1, 2017 for Fall 2018 admission. The application deadline for Fall 2018 admission is December 1, 2017.  

ALL MATERIALS, including recommendation letters, GRE and TOEFL scores must be submitted by December 1, 2017.

Application Materials

In addition to the completed online application, all applicants must submit the following:

 - Uploaded UNOFFICIAL transcripts from all Universities and Colleges attended. Please note that you must upload your transcripts with your online application. Do not send any paper transcripts.

 - Three (3) letters of recommendation. Please have your recommenders submit these letters online.

 - Official GRE scores for the general aptitude portions sent to the Graduate School of Arts and Scienes from ETS. The school code for all exams is: 2926

 - Official GRE chemistry subject exam (not required, but strongly encouraged). The school code for all exams is: 2926

- A writing sample IS NOT REQUIRED however you may use this portion of the application to upload any optional written materials.

 - A CV/resume.

 - Personal statement (2 parts- 1 document) PLEASE FOLLOW THIS FORMAT, Part 1 and 2 combined no more than 2 pages double-spaced.

Part 1- In this section of your personal statement be as specific as you can about the area in which you plan to study and your reasons for wishing to study at this University. Please indicate and BOLD the names of 3-5 of our faculty whose research is of particular interest to you. Describe, succinctly, any relevant research experience that you have had. If you wish to provide additional information about your academic record, etc. please do so. The information you provide in this statement will help us assign you to a chemistry division that most closely matches your career goals. (Biological, Inorganic, Organic, and Physical) *Keep this concise, less than a half page double spaced is ideal.

Part 2- Encouraged (but not required) to describe your passion for chemistry graduate study and research, outlining career background and development, and any further insight that you think may help the reviewers understand your academic and scientific development.


 - Applicants whose native language is not English must submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). . Proficiency in spoken English is a requirement of our program and is used as an admissions criterion. Admitted students in this category also have to attend a two-month English Language Program and Teaching Assistantship Workshop (sponsored by the department) beginning the first week in July and to pass a University-administered spoken English test in order to qualify for a Teaching Fellowship. Application forms and information regarding these examinations can be obtained directly from the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 08540 USA, or the nearest American Consular Office or Embassy. The institution code for all exams is 2926, no department code is necessary  **We require TOEFL scores regardless of undergraduate and graduate work already completed in the United States or another English speaking country.

 For more information please contact Ms. Kristen Muscat, Graduate Coordinator at 215.898.8334 or

Department of Chemistry

231 S. 34 Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6323

215.898.8317 voice | 215.573.2112 fax |