The University of Texas at Arlington

How to Apply

You will find complete information about How To Apply and Admissions Requirements and Procedures on the Graduate School website.

In case your questions is not answered on this page, please contact the co-Chairs of the Admission Committee, Dr. Foss and Dr. Pierce.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are the Graduate Admissions Requirements and Procedures for the University of Texas at Arlington?
    Please click on the following link and read for details:
  2. What are the formal application requirements for Graduate Studies at UTA?
    Please see the link to the Website of the Office of Graduate Studies below. Once there please click on the How To Apply link that should outline them:
  3. What are the deadlines for the formal application and admissions process?
    For admission in Fall, the department will give full consideration to completed work sheets received by March 1st.
    Please go to the following link for the most recent 
    We strongly recommend filing your formal application as early as possible, at best before February for Fall enrollment.
    It takes the office of Graduate Studies 2-8 weeks to verify the data on your application, to receive transcripts from your degree institution(s), to receive official TOEFL and GRE scores, and to process the data into a completed work sheet.
    Thus, your filing of a formal application is only a first step in a lengthy process.
    The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department accepts inquiries and preliminary applications year-round. However, we usually admit students only in Fall semesters.  
  4. What is the address to send application materials to?
    Office of Graduate Studies
    701 S Nedderman Drive
    Davis Hall, Room 333
    UT Arlington Box 19167
    Arlington Texas 76019-0167
  5. Why shall I do a preliminary application?
    First and above all: so that you get into contact with us, and we get into contact with you. It is cost-free!
    The pre-app is an opportunity you should use to inquire about our degree program, and to let us know about your interest. It gives the Recruiting Committee an idea of your credentials and your background, test scores, degrees, universities attended, GPA’s, and the courses you have taken. Not at least, we would like to know your research interest and previous engagement. Use this opportunity to raise interest in you!
  6. How does recruiting use the preliminary application?
    It helps us make a decision whether or not we should encourage you to formally apply. We can see whether or not you are a competitive candidate. We also use the information to be able to balance the research interests of the incoming student cohort, so that it fits to our needs.
  7. Can the preliminary application be used as my official application to the University of Texas at Arlington?
    No! You must always formally apply with the Graduate School by the admissions deadline and pay an application fee to be formally considered.
  8. What is the typical procedure in the formal application process ?
    a. start learning what you need to provide before you apply (e.g. official transcripts, standardized tests): see here
    b. you arrange your transcripts being sent to the Graduate Office
    c. you fill out the application form and pay the application fee
    Understand that your application is only complete, once your transcripts are accepted and evaluated, and once your standardized tests are verified. This may take time.
  9. Why does the formal application process take so long?
    After receiving your formal application (payment of application fee) the Office of Graduate Studies awaits your application material to be completed.
    Note that it is your (!) responsibility to have official transcritps in all form being delivered to the Graduate Office (and only to them): see here
    You must arrange official transcripts for all degrees you listed to be delivered! This is, typically, the most time consuming step – and often forgotten by the applicant.
    Recent experience (2014) shows that this takes 10-90 days for international applicants; thus, it can take up to 3 months before your transcripts are received.
    In addition, the Office of Graduate Studies itself will receive official TOEFL and GRE scores.
    Based on all the data – and only after receiving them in their completeness – the Office of Graduate Studies will produce a work sheet. 
    The entire process takes 10-30 days for US applicants (including students from UTA), and anything between 1 and 4 months for international applicants.
  10. Is there an application fee with the preliminary application?
    No, it is free.
  11. Is there an application fee to formally apply with the Graduate School?
    Yes, and the amounts are as follows:
    • $40 for all U.S. citizen and U.S. resident alien applicants WITH NO foreign college or university work
    • $70 for U.S. citizen and U.S. resident alien applicants WITH foreign college or university work
    • $70 for ALL international students
  12. Can I be admitted early? / What is the Chemistry Department’s early admission policy?
    Yes. / Exceptional applicants will be considered for early admission and financial support in the form of a Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) or Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA).
  13. Why are the admission deadlines for international students so far in advance of U.S. domestic applicants?
    It is due to the fact that not only does UTA have to process the admission, but it takes 2-3 weeks after formal admittance to process the I-20 Visa form. Another 2-4 months are needed in the foreign country to issie an applicant a student Visa. Plus international students must attend a special international student orientation session a week or two before classes begin, so they have to be here.
  14. What materials does the Office of Graduate Studies require by the deadline?
    • Application
    • Application Fee (see questions 7 for amount)
    • Info can be found at
    • However, the longer it takes for your “official” transcripts, certificates, and exam scores to arrive the harder it is for you to be offered admittance and still have time for all other processing. (This is especially critical for international students I-20 and Visa processing.)
  15. What should be sent in by the deadline to better the chances of being admitted?
    • Application
    • Application Fee (see question 7 for amount)
    • Official Transcripts
    • Official GRE scores submitted from ETS
    • If applicable Official TOEFL scores submitted from ETS.
    • 3 Letters of Recommendation from professors or industry employers. The following recommendation form should be returned filled out by the reference along with each of the letters:
  16. What are the Chemistry Department’s admission requirements?
    a. The minimum requirements for admission to the Graduate Program in Chemistry are outlined in the Graduate Catalog. They include a GRE exam and, if you are a non-native English speaker, the TOEFL exam. The scores on these exams will be used in the decision to admit a candidate along with your GPA, institutions attended, transcripts/mark sheets, and three letters of recommendation. The Recruiting Committee looks at an applicant’s entire package.
    b. The department is interested to enroll graduate students with a strong record in academic performance. The average combined verbal and quantitative GRE scores of accepted students over the last three years are 310 (old score: 1230), with an average above 156 (old score: 720) in the quantitative portion. We succeeded in attracting student with significantly higher scores and strive to continue this trend. Taking a subject GRE is strongly encouraged, as it will provide evidence of competitiveness and determination to engage in graduate studies.
    c. Students starting in the PhD-program in Chemistry must provide a minimum score for the TOEFL iBT of 80 with a 23 or higher in the speaking section, or if the IELTS is taken instead of the TOEFL iBT, then a required minimum score of 7.0 must be attained. If you do not meet these criteria but want to be considered seriously for the PhD-Program, you will benefit from retaking the relevant test before (!) you start the program. Note that the requirements for PhD-bound students are higher than those of students applying for the MS-program, since we fund PhD-bound students through Teaching Assistantships –– and the University mandates the higher speaking score for those.
    d. Students seeking unconditional admission to the PhD program will have a degree in Chemistry, achieved at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. If your GPA is given as a percentage, the Office of Graduate Studies is be able to calculate what percentages are comparatively acceptable when transcripts or mark sheets are submitted. Again, we prefer to use as many variables as possible in evaluating your compatibility as we consider you as a candidate for our Graduate Program. The GPA is an measure for comparison, and an official transcript will be required from your current and past educational institutions.
  17. I don't have a degree in Chemistry, can I apply for the PhD program anyway?
    We most strongly encourage you to go the route of a pre-application and contact the chair of the admission committee. Get into contact first and seek a feed-back from our side, before you burden yourself with a formal application. In all cases, but in particular without a degree in Chemistry, you will have to show evidence that you are proficient in all areas of Chemistry, which includes Organic, Inorganic, Physical and Analytical Chemisty. We made the experience that applicants with degrees outside of Chemistry (prominent examples are Pharmacy and Biology) often have severe deficiencies in one or more of these categories, and are not fit for our PhD program in Chemistry.
  18. I want to do a Masters in Chemistry. Can I apply?
    The minimum requirements for admission to the Graduate Program in Chemistry are outlined in the Graduate Catalog – it also lists expectations for the MS program.
    Please note that we do not provide support for students in the MS program. You will have to pay tuition as well as provide your own financial support. Moreover, MS-bound students must complete their degree program first before they can be considered to entering the PhD program.
  19. Can the TOEFL exam be waived?
    We can not waive the evidence of language proficiency! It is required for all applicants whose native language is not English. Moreover, Students starting in the PhD-program in Chemistry must provide a higher minimum score in the speaking part, since they receive their financial support via teaching assistantships. 
  20. What are the TOEFL, TSE, TOEFL iBT and IELTS test score minimum requirements for the Graduate School admission at the University of Texas Arlington?
    Requirements for admission into Graduate School are outlined in the Graduate Catalog.
  21. What are the English Proficiency Requirements for persons holding a Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) upon entering the Chemistry Department?
    Note that language requirements for receiving a GTA are different, as outlined in the Graduate Catalog. Notable, requires scores are higher. In addition, different rules are applied to students that hold a degree(s) from a U.S. college or university. Please refer to the Graduate Catalog.
    Current information about TOEFL iBT test dates, locations and registration procedures are published by ETS at Current information about IELTS test dates, locations and registration procedures are published by IELTS at Official test score reports for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are issued by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and sent by ETS directly to the Graduate School. Official test scores for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are reported on an IELTS issued Test Report Form (TRF) and sent directly to the Graduate School from IELTS. (Admission Requirements and Procedures – 2008-2009 Graduate Catalog)
  22. What is the University of Texas at Arlington’s ETS school code where official tests scores must be sent?
    It is 6013.
  23. Are scanned images of the test scores emailed to the Chemistry Department or copies of the originals that are mailed considered official?
    No, they are not. ETS must formally submit them to the Graduate School.
  24. What kind of financial support does the Chemistry Department offer?
    Please see this special page for financial support.
  25. What are the various statistics on the number of offers of assistantships you make each semester?
    Currently, the department has ~75 graduate students. We typically admit 15-20 PhD-bound students with full support each Fall semester.
  26. Can I as an international student go to the U.S. for only a couple of classes?
    No, international applicants cannot apply for non-degree seeking status.
  27. Does a 3 year BSc degree from a university in another country qualify an applicant to apply for the MS or PhD programs in Chemistry at UTA?
    No, a 3-year BS degree is not equivalent to a 4-year BS degree in the U.S., unless however, the applicant’s 3-year degree is from a university in Germany. Therefore to apply for our graduate program an applicant with a 3-year BS degree must either attain a 2-year masters degree or apply here as an undergraduate.
  28. Do I need to commit to a specific field before I go to UTA?
    No. We ask this only because we try to balance the incoming applicants between fields (analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic, physical). We prefer that when you answer the area of study question in the preliminary application that you choose your top three preferences in order.
  29. Are permanent residents and/or Resident Aliens considered domestic or international applicants?
    They are considered their own category, but they have the same application deadline as international applicants.

Related Information

Graduate Advisor
Peter Kroll
CPB 353

Co-Chairs of Admission Committee

Professor Frank Foss
CRB 202

Professor Brad Pierce
SH 300F



Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

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