Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When are the deadlines for applying for admission?
A: See the Application Page.
Please Note: Applicants are typically only admitted in the Fall semesters. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply before the preferred application deadline date. Deadlines for scholarship consideration and financial aid consideration are earlier than the admission deadline. Application processing requires time to evaluate credentials, address admission issues, and review data. Submitting credentials significantly past the preferred deadline date may impede the student's eligibility to register for classes.

Q: How much does it cost to submit an application?

A: The application costs $75 for domestic students and $90 for international students.

Q: Will you waive the application fee?

A: The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry does not waive application fees. You will need to contact the Graduate Admissions Office directly to inquire about having the application waived.

Q: What is the University of Texas at Arlington Institution code for ETS?

A: Institution code = 6013.
*Note: You only need submit official scores one time. All scores reported from ETS go to the Graduate School, not the Department. The Department will receive a copy from the Graduate School.

Q: What if I don't meet the requirements for unconditional admission?

A: If applicants do not meet a majority of standards for unconditional admission, they may be considered for probationary admission after careful examination of their application materials. Probationary admission may require that the applicant receive a B or better in at least their first 9 hours of graduate coursework applicable to their degree being sought at UTA, take additional English courses, and/or deficiency courses as required.

Q: How long does it take to process an application?

A: From the time that the application is complete, processing takes approximately 14 business days. The time it takes to process an application can vary depending upon how much time there is before the next semester starts. You may review your application status online in MyMav.

Q: How do my recommenders send a letter of recommendation?

A: Letters of recommendation can be sent directly to

After you submit your application through ApplyTexas, it is the applicant’s responsibility to contact their recommenders to have a letter sent on their behalf. There will be no electronic request form sent to your recommenders.

Q: What is the status of my application?

A: You can check the application of your status online using your MyMav account.

Q: Do I need a master's degree in chemistry to be in the Ph.D. Program?

A: No. You may apply to the Ph.D. program without a master's degree in chemistry.

Q: Does the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry evaluate applications as they come in, or all at once?

A: As they come in. The application must be in the "Completed" status in the application process before an application will be reviewed. The Departmental Graduate Recruiting Committee meets on a regular basis to evaluate files. For the most part, files are evaluated as they are completed, but sometimes there is a backlog and it may take several weeks after completion to review the files. It is to your advantage to complete and submit application materials well before the deadline.

Q: Do I choose a research professor before I come?

A: No, research professors are chosen at the end of the first semester that a new student is here. For the majority of professors, they do not want to be contacted by applicants and will just refer you to our Graduate Program Coordinator to send you information about how to apply. A committee of professors from each division chooses which applicants will come here according to the needs of the Department.

Q: What kind of financial support does the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offer?

A: Students entering the Ph.D. program typically only pay 25 percent of tuition and fees and will receive financial support in the form of a Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) or Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA), which currently starts at $24,000 per year. Ph.D. students receive tuition assistance, which covers 75 percent your costs for UTA tuition and fees. Health Coverage is an additional fee for international students and will not be covered by the Department. Students enrolling for an master’s degree do not qualify for tuition assistance support. Please note that Texas does not have a state income tax. Students must remain in good academic standing with a 3.0 GPA or higher to continue to receive financial support.

Q: Is this enough money to live in Arlington?

A: For one of the largest cities in the United States, the cost of living in Arlington is low. Tuition and fees are covered at 75 percent by the school and Texas as no state income tax. As a student you also do not pay social security taxes. Consequently, you can live relatively comfortably on your stipend.

Q: Is health insurance required?

A: For international students: All international students must have health insurance through the Office of International Students. The good news is that it is billed through the Student Center on your MyMav account. This is also where you pay your tuition.
For domestic students: There is health insurance offered to you through the Human Resources Office at UTA, or you can secure your own health insurance according to federal laws.

Q: Does UTA or the Department cover the cost of health insurance?

A: No, UTA and/or the Department do not pay the premiums for health insurance.

Q: What are the various statistics on the number of offers of Ph.D. assistantships you make each semester?

A: We typically admit approximately 20-25 B.S.-Ph.D. or Ph.D. track students with support each fall semester.

Q: I have a question that has not been answered by the information posted above.

A: If you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our Graduate Program Coordinator, Stephanie Henry, by email at