Q: When is the application deadline?

A: We request that applications be turned in prior to Jan. 15 for full consideration. 

Q: When does the Department of Chemistry admit new students?

A: The Department of Chemistry admits new students Fall term. Very rarely students are accepted in Winter or Spring term.

Q: What is the recruitment season?

A: Recruitment season is the period of time from late September to April 15th when we accept and evaluate applications and make offers.

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. Many of our PhD students start the program with a Bachelor's of Science degree.

Q: Can I earn a MS degree while earning my PhD?

A: Yes, this is called a concurrent degree and we highly encourage students to speak with their Advisors about whether this is a good benefit to them. 

Q: Who will contact my references?

A: The Graduate School will send out links for your references to fill out reference forms and they are automatically routed back into your application

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 the Graduate School system.

Q: How are applicants selected?

A: Once an application is complete, it is reviewed by the Graduate Recruitment Committee (GRC), which is made up of research active faculty members from each division. After the GRC has made their selections, the department will make offers to the prospective graduate students. 

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 application
  • If you have questions about the Graduate Program in Chemistry
  • If you have questions about Graduate Program in Chemistry events

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 IELT scores are as follows: 

  •      Speaking Subscore 7.0
  •      Reading, Writing and Listening subscores 6.5
  •      Total Subscore is 7.0

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 (although highly encouraged) 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 application and attach all necessary documentation before submission?

A: We ask you try and fill out your entire application before submission, however, if you have any difficulty with your test scores before the deadline please contact chemistry.admissions@oregonstate.edu for direction.

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.