Organic Chemistry


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 or above under the Apply Now button. 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: 1.0 year (Methods)

Program Contact:

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

Mailing Address:

    Chemistry Graduate Admissions
    1605 Gilman Hall
    2415 Osborn Drive
    Ames, IA 50011-1021

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
  • TOEFL 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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