Q: When is the application deadline?

A: We request that applications and questionnaires be turned in prior to Jan. 15 for full consideration. If you would like to apply later, please contact the Graduate Coordinator, Sarah Burton, at sarah.burton@oregonstate.edu.

Q: Does the Department of Chemistry accept applications for Winter or Spring Term?

A: The Department only rarely accepts new graduate students in Winter or Spring term.

Q: What is the recruitment season?

A: Recruitment season is the period of time from late September to mid March when we accept applications and questionnaires.

Q: Can graduate courses completed at another university be substituted for graduate courses in the Graduate Program in Chemistry at Oregon State University?

A: At the discretion of the student's faculty advisor, the Department of Chemistry, and the Graduate School, graduate courses taken at another university may be substituted for graduate courses in the Graduate Program in Chemistry at Oregon State University.

Q: Is an MS degree required for admission into the PhD track Graduate Program in Chemistry?

A: No.

Q: What should I do if I'm having trouble filling out the questionnaire?

A: If you are having trouble filling out or submitting your questionnaire, please contact the Graduate Coordinator for the Department of Chemistry, Sarah Burton, at sarah.burton@oregonstate.edu or by phone at (541) 737-6708.

Q: Will the department contact my references?

A: We request that you provide the names and contact information for your references as part of your questionnaire so that we can contact them in order to request letters of recommendation on your behalf.  We do request that you notify your references that we will be contacting them.

Q: Can I turn in letters of recommendation that were given to me by my references?

A: We prefer to receive letters of recommendation via email directly from the applicant's references.  In certain cases, we will accept letters that have been signed by the references, placed in a sealed envelope, and delivered to us.

Q: How are applicants selected?

A: Once a questionnaire is complete, it is reviewed by the Graduate Recruitment Committee (GRC), which is made up of research active faculty members. After the GRC has made their selections, the department will make an offer to the prospective graduate student. Should the prospective graduate student accept, they must apply through the Graduate School and be officially accepted by the university in order to become a graduate student.

Q: Under what circumstances will the department contact me?

A: These are some instances in which you will be contacted:

  • If we need more materials to complete your questionnaire
  • If you are offered a place in the Graduate Program in Chemistry
  • If you are not offered a place in the Graduate Program in Chemistry

Q: When should I contact someone in the department?

A: Here are some instances in which you should contact the department:

  • If you have questions about completing or turning in your questionnaire
  • If you have questions about the Graduate Program in Chemistry
  • If you have questions about Graduate Program in Chemistry events

Q: When should I wait to contact the department?

  • The time it takes to review any one application or questionnaire may vary.  You will receive an answer on your application or questionnaire as soon as we have one.
  • Please do not contact us to ask if we need additional questionnaire materials unless you recently made further academic progress.  If we need more information to complete your questionnaire, we will contact you.

Q: What is the minimum TOEFL score or IELTS score necessary for admission?

A: The minimum required TOEFL score is an 80, with no lower than 18 in all categories except Speaking, in which we require a minimum score of 22.  The minimum required IELTS score is 6.5.

Q: How recently must the TOEFL or IELTS have been taken?

A: These exams must be taken no more than two years before the potential start date of the applicant.

Q: What is the minimum GRE score for admission?

A: Domestic applicants are not required to take the GRE, and as such there is no minimum score.  International applicants are required to take the GRE, but there is still no official minimum score.

Q: If my GPA, IELTS, or TOEFL scores are below the recommended level, might I still get into the Graduate Program in Chemistry?

A: In rare circumstances, applicants with scores below the requested level have been admitted into the program.

Q: Do I need to have a prospective advisor picked out before I apply?

A: You should have a few different research-active faculty members in mind as potential advisors at the time that you fill out your questionnaire, but you would not officially choose an advisor until your first or second term in the program, should you be accepted.

Q: Do I have to fill out the entire questionnaire and attach all necessary documentation before submission?

A: Yes.  You will not be able to submit your questionnaire until you have filled out all the mandatory fields.

Q: Should I contact the faculty member or members that I would like to work with?

A: If you are familiar with the research of a faculty member and your interests fall in line with their own, then it may be a good idea to contact them.