How to Apply

Attend the Graduate School Open House on November 9, 2023

Applications to our graduate program are considered on a rolling basis; there are no fixed application deadlines. However, we encourage you to apply as early as possible (up to one year in advance) because we can only accept a limited number of new graduate students. All applicants will be notified once an admission decision has been made.

The GRE is no longer required for admission.

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All applications require the following:

  1. Minimum qualifications as defined by the Graduate School.
  2. Transcripts (official or unofficial).
  3. Reason Statement.
    This is usually one page describing your motivation and goals for pursuing graduate study, your specific interests and background in the field, and any relevant academic awards or honors you have received. Please specify which area of chemistry you are interested in and which research group(s) you would be interested in joining.
  4. Three email addresses for recommendation letters.
    Our system will automatically send out requests for recommendation letters. Your recommenders will be able to log in and submit their recommendation. Please let your recommenders know that they must submit their letter as a PDF file with original letterhead and signature.
  5. $75 application fee.
    This fee cannot be waived and is non-refundable.

Please check your application status often and review our frequently asked questions about applying. If you have any other questions, contact our Graduate Program Coordinator.

International Applicants

International applicants must also provide the following:

  • Proof of English Proficiency.
    UWM accepts a variety of evidence of English proficiency, including English proficiency tests. If you take an English proficiency test, you must satisfy the requirements for Full Admission and Teaching Assistants to be considered for admission.
  • An official English translation accompanying any transcript submitted in the native language.

The International Admissions page of the Center for International Education provides more details about these requirements.