Program Information:

Program Statement:
    The Chemistry program at Iowa State University has a pre-application process. Apply ONLY to Chemistry initially using the departmental online application found on our webpage at We review your file in-house and if you receive an offer of admission and accept, we will pay your application fee to the University.
Degrees Offered:
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
  • Master of Science (M.S.)
Area(s) of Specialization: (may appear on ISU transcripts after graduation)
  • Biomolecular Science (Ph.D.)
  • Chemical Education (M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Chemical Instrumentation (Ph.D.)
  • Forensic Chemistry (M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Industrial Chemistry (Ph.D.)
  • Materials Chemistry (Ph.D.)
Program Handbook(s):
Learning Goals:
  • 1. Have an understanding of the literature in your discipline
  • 2. Identify problems relevant to the sub-field of chemistry
  • 3. Learn to gather, organize, analyze, and report data
  • 4. Develop the skills to test hypotheses and solve research problems
  • 5. Communicate research effectively, in both written and oral forms
How long does it take to earn a degree?
  • Median time to earn the doctorate: 5.3 years (Methods)
  • Median time to earn the master’s: 2.2 years (Methods)

Program Contact:

Contact: Graduate Student Services
Phone: 515-294-7810
E-mail Address:

Admission Requirements:

Graduate College Requirements:
  • 4 year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
  • Academic Records/Transcripts
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (Program may alter requirement.)
  • Proof of English Proficiency.
Program Specific Requirements:
  • Departmental on-line application
  • English proficiency scores are REQUIRED for international applicants.
  • Program Requires GRE: No
  • Program Requires GMAT: No
  • Program Will Review Without TOEFL or IELTS: No
International Requirements:
  • Financial Statement: Application
  • English Proficiency Minimum:
    TOEFL Paper (PBT) 573
    TOEFL Internet (iBT) 89
    IELTS 6.5
    PTE 60
    Duolingo (approved through spring 2025) 105

Application Information:

Application Deadlines:
    International deadline: January 15. Domestic deadline: February 1 We do not offer spring admission.
Application Details:
    This program is open to domestic and international students.

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