- May I apply for Winter/Summer admission to the grad program?
No, admission is only made for the Fall semester, which begins in August.
- I would like to apply for the M.S. program, how do I proceed?
We do not offer an M.S. program.
- How should I apply?
Online application is required.
The online process opens in late September for the following Fall semester. Apply at:
- When do I need to submit all the materials?
We recommend that international students have all materials submitted to Graduate Admissions by late December to have the best chance of admission and support. Application should be done online, and transcripts and letters of recommendation, and supporting documentation should be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
- Where do I send these
Office of Graduate Admissions
Wayne State University
5057 Woodward, Suite 6304
Detroit MI 48202
- Should I also send the materials to the Chemistry Department?
No, the Chemistry Department will be able to view the application materials sent to Graduate Admissions. We will review and make decisions on applications. Official notification of admission status comes from Graduate Admissions.
- My transcripts are not in English, is that OK?
No. Your official transcripts in your native language and in English, as well as the degree certificate in your native language and English are required.
- Are GRE's required?
Although not strictly required, we strongly recommend that students submit their GRE scores. Your application might be adversely affected if you do not. The GRE score provides us additional information to help interpret your academic background. We use it in combination with a student's transcript so there is no minimum GRE cut off score we recommend. If you do not submit a GRE score, we will still review your application. However it may not have as strong of a chance of admission. The Chemistry subject score is not required.
- What are the minimum TOEFL scores?
Successful applicants typically present iBT composite scores equal or better than 90 with a speaking subsection score equal to or better than 20.
- May I submit copies of my TOEFL/GRE for consideration?
You may submit unofficial copies of GRE or TOEFL for evaluation purposes but official copies are required before a formal offer may be made. In addition, your personal statement, transcripts, TOEFL and GRE scores can be uploaded when you fill out the online application. We strongly recommend you attach whatever documents you have access to at that time.
- Will I be considered for financial support?
All students admitted to the PhD program receive generous support in teaching or research assistantships. Note: you do not need to submit financial support documents with your application. If accepted, your letter of offer for assistantship will
serve as proof of financial support.
- What information should I include in my statement of interest?
Please submit a statement of interest describing the following points in three pages or fewer: 1. Describe why you are interested in pursuing a PhD in Chemistry and your long-term career goals; 2. Describe any previous research experiences you have had; 3. Describe why you are interested in Wayne State University, and state which research groups you are interested in and why.
- Can you tell me whether my application is complete?
You will be sent an access ID and a password by the Graduate Admissions Office. You can login to http://gradadmissions.wayne.edu/apply.php to review your application status. We consider an application to be complete when we have received all transcripts, three letters of recommendation, a personal statement, and GRE/TOEFL scores if applicable.
When will I know if I have been accepted?
The Department of Chemistry reviews completed applications on a rolling basis. When an applicant undergoes the first review, they are admitted, placed on hold for further review, or denied. When an applicant is admitted or denied they will receive notification by email from the department. All students receive notification on the final decision when the recruiting season is completed, typically in April.
After filling out the online application, may I submit my supporting documents on paper through the mail?
We strongly recommend that you submit your unofficial transcripts, personal statement, 3 recommendation letters, and GRE and/or TOEFL score reports online if possible. Submitting your materials online allows us to view your documents much more quickly than if submitted on paper. Please note that official transcripts and degree certificates should still be submitted on paper after uploading copies online. These can be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office (see F.A.Q. # 5). You do not need to send paper copies of your personal statement, resume/C.V., or related supporting materials if you have submitted them online. If your recommenders do not wish to use the online recommendation letter submission system, they may send their letters on paper to the Graduate Admissions Office. Alternatively, they may send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org identifying the applicant by full name and either the Web ID, Access ID, or Student ID.
If I have more questions, who can I contact?
The Graduate Academic Services Officer is Melissa Barton.