How to Apply

Attend the Graduate School Virtual Open House 2021 and earn a waiver of the application fee!

Applications to our graduate programs are considered on a continuing basis; there are no fixed application deadlines. However, all applicants are encouraged 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 applications to our graduate programs. Language scores for international students still need to be submitted (see below for details).

The application is online and has to include the following:

    1. Minimum qualifications defined by the Graduate School.
    2. Online submission of official or unofficial transcripts from each college or university you have attended.
    3. Online submission of Statement of “Reasons for Graduate Study”. This is usually one page describing your motivation and goals for pursuing graduate study, your specific interests and background in the field, and relevant academic awards or honors you have received. If possible, specify which area of chemistry you are interested in and which research group(s) you would be interested in joining.
    4. 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 let your recommenders know that they must submit their letter as a PDF file with original letterhead 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

Applications from international students must also include the following (for more details, see the International Admissions page of the Center for International Education).
  • Evidence of English Proficiency
    UWM accepts a variety of tests as evidence of English proficiency, as described here.  You must satisfy the requirements for Full Admission and Teaching Assistants to be considered for admission to our graduate program. For reference, the average score of our international students is >90 (TOEFL) and >7.5 (IELTS).
  • An official English translation accompanying any transcript submitted in the native language.
  • $75 Graduate School application fee. This fee cannot be waived.