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Graduate Programs Admission

The application information below is for admittance into the PhD or MS program for fall 2015. Applicants must hold a BA, BS, or MS by the date the program of study begins (late August).


We are pleased to learn of your interest in graduate studies in the Department of Chemistry at Case Western Reserve University. Our department offers outstanding research training opportunities leading to a PhD or terminal MS degree in a congenial and moderate-sized environment for high caliber students. Admission to the graduate program in chemistry is based on selective evaluation of formal applications. The Graduate Application Form may be obtained online (see link below). There is currently no application fee and the same application is used for student applying to the MS and PhD programs. Students are to begin study in the fall (late August); we do not accept students to start in the spring or summer. Financial assistance is provided for PhD students only; no financial assistance is available for MS students.

Click here to apply online.


Review of an application will begin when the file is completed, including letters of recommendation. A rolling admissions system is used and continues until the required class size is met. It is recommended that interested applicants apply as early as possible.

Application Checklist for PhD and MS Programs

  1. GRE general exam (school code 1105). GRE chemistry subject exam is highly encouraged, but not required.
  2. TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language (school code 1105), only for students from non-english speaking university.
    • iBT internet based test requires a score of 90 or higher
    • PBT paper based test requires a score of 577 or higher
    • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) 7.0 or higher
  3. Application Form
  4. Statement of Objectives (1 page)
  5. Resumé
  6. Official Transcripts mailed in a sealed envelope to:
    		Graduate Affairs Coordinator
    		Department of Chemistry
    		Case Western Reserve University
    		Clapp Hall 212
    		2080 Adelbert Road
    		Cleveland, OH 44106-7078
  7. Recommendation letters (3 evaluators total) sent electronically or via standard mail (template available on application page)


Financial Support

PhD Students: The Department of Chemistry financially supports PhD students through a combination of teaching and research assistantships at a competitive stipend level. This support continues on an annual basis provided the student makes satisfactory progress toward the PhD degree. Research fellowships are funded by research grants and contracts awarded to faculty.

MS Students: No financial support of MS students is offered.

Page last updated 2015-01-13