For information about UWM’s fall semester plans, visit the Fall 2020 Reopening website.

How to Apply

Due to the limited availability of GRE testing during the COVID-19 pandemic, the submission of Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores is no longer required.

Through a one-time emergency COVID-19 accommodation, the Graduate School will pay the application fees of current and new applicants who will complete an application for Fall 2020 admission between June 1 (Monday) and midnight on June 10 (Wednesday). Refunds cannot be issued. Once you have completed and signed your application, except for the payment of the application fee, immediately contact the Graduate School at to notify them that you have completed your application and would like the fee paid.

The application is online and has to include the following documents:

    1. Minimum qualifications defined by the Graduate School.
    2. Online submission of your Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. (The Advanced Chemistry score is also strongly recommended, though not currently required.) We also accept MCAT and PCAT test scores instead of GRE scores. This is currently waived due to the pandemic. Submission of these scores is not required. 
    3. Online submission of official transcripts from each college or university you have attended. (These must bear an official seal, be signed by the Registrar’s Office of the corresponding institution)
    4. Online submission of Statement of “Reasons for Graduate Study”. This is usually one page describing your motivation and goals for your graduate studies. If possible specify which area of chemistry you are interested in.
    5. Online submission of three email addresses of your recommenders. Our system will automatically send out requests for recommendation letters. Your recommenders will be able to login and submit their recommendation. Please urge your recommenders to submit their letter as a .pdf file with original letter head and signature.

Please check your application status often and contact the chair of the admission committee in case of any questions. (Prof. Woehl;

International Students

Application to the graduate school for international students must also include the following: Complete instructions will be found at the Center for International Education.

      • Language Proficiency
        • TOEFL – International applications for admission to the Graduate School at The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee require a TOEFL score. The minimal score for regular admission is 79 (TOEFL) or 6.5 (IELTS). The average scores of our international students is >90 (TOEFL) and >7.5 (IELTS).
        • The score for the speaking portion must be 23 or greater  (TOEFL) or 7.0 or greater (IELTS).
      • $40 processing fee in addition to the $56 Graduate School application fee. This fee cannot be waived.