Graduate Program Application


We offer both MS and PhD programs. Research opportunities are available in analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, materials chemistry, organic chemistry and physical chemistry. Please visit our Research page for more information on our faculty members and their research interests.

Doctor of Philosophy

The Department of Chemistry offers the Ph.D. degree in Chemistry. PhD students must enroll on a full-time basis. For full catalog detailing course work in Chemistry, see the Graduate Bulletin.

Master of Science

The Department also offers a M.S. degree program in Chemistry. Students wishing to pursue an experimental MS degree must enroll on a full time basis. Students interested in pursuing a Master's degree on a part-time basis may enroll in our literature thesis MS program. For full catalog details see the Graduate Bulletin.

There are two additional MS programs in Chemistry.

  • Master of Science Program- Applied Chemistry. Please see M.S. in Applied Chemistry, for details.
  • Master of Science Program- Forensic Chemistry. Please see M.S. Forensic Chemistry, for details.

Financial Support

Teaching Assistantships are available for doctoral students for each academic year on a competitive basis. The current annual stipend for a doctoral student is $24,000, which includes an academic year stipend of $18,500 and a summer research stipend of $5,500. Each assistantship includes a full tuition scholarship support. Currently, the out-of-state or non-resident tuition is about $25,000/year. International students must have a minimum TOEFL score of 600 for paper based tests OR minimum TOEFL score of 100 for internet based test (IBT), to be eligible for a teaching assistantship.

Doctoral students can be also supported as Research Assistants by their own research advisors.

Second year doctoral students will be considered for a maximum of 50% teaching load reduction by the Department with the same academic stipend support, based on their academic performance in year 1. This consideration is to help a student quickly transition into research and complete the course requirements. To be considered for this load reduction, the student must perform well in all areas of academic levels (teaching, research and departmental service) in year 1.

At this time, MS students must be self-supporting. Exceptional students may be supported by the department if there are teaching lines available.

Preparing Applications for Admission Consideration

To apply online for graduate study, visit the University at Albany Graduate Admissions page. The following documents are required in an application.

  • Transcripts: The University requires academic records for each college-level institution an applicant has attended or is attending.
  • Official GRE General Test Scores (the Subject Test is not required but highly recommended). Our Institution Code is 2532.
  • Official TOEFL scores. Our Institution Code is 2532.
  • A Personal Statement and an Area of Interest for Graduate Study: This is the opportunity for potential students to highlight their undergraduate research experience and demonstrate maturity and motivation for graduate studies. A student should also identify the area(s) of research interests and potential research mentors from the list of the faculty members in the Department of Chemistry. For more information, please take a look at our faculty Research page.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation: Students will provide a list of the names and email addresses of three individuals who will write a letter of recommendation for admission during the online application process.

For a more detailed explanation and document submission, please visit

An application will not be reviewed until all items above have been received. Criteria for admission consideration to the graduate program are given below:
  • Degree(s): A B.S. or B.A. or M.S. in Chemistry and Biochemistry or any other related undergraduate major. However there is no strict degree in Chemistry requirement. A demonstration of sufficient Chemistry education is required.
  • GPA. Minimum 3.0 undergraduate cumulative GPA, with a greater emphasis on your performance in your major courses.
  • GRE: The minimum GRE scores for consideration are: Verbal 140 or higher, Quantitative 140 or higher & Analytical 3.0 or higher. Chemistry subject GRE is not required but highly recommended.
  • TOEFL: Minimum TOEFL iBT score of 100 or equivalent for international students (for a teaching assistantship award).

Application Deadlines

The Department will consider applications until one month before the start of classes for the semester of entry. However if a student wishes to be considered for a teaching assistantship, it is recommended that applications be submitted by March 1st for Fall admission and by October 31st for Spring admission.

If you have any other questions regarding the Graduate Program in Chemistry, please send us an email at If you are interested in visiting our department, please let us know.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the minimum GPA to be considered for admission to the Chemistry Graduate Program? A. The minimum GPA for admission is 3.0

Q. Does my application require GRE scores? If yes, what are the minimum scores for admission? A. GRE scores are required for admission. The minimum GRE scores for consideration are: Verbal 140 or higher, Quantitative 140 or higher & Analytical 3.0 or higher. Chemistry subject GRE is not required but highly recommended.

Q. Is there a language requirement for International students? A. International students are required to pass either a TOEFL exam or an IELTS exam. The minimum TOEFL score for admissions is 88 and the minimum TOEFL for scholarship consideration is 100. The minimum IELTS score for admissions is 6.5 and the minimum IELTS score for scholarship consideration is 7.0.

Q. Are there any scholarships available for graduate students? A. Full Teaching Assistantships are available for each academic year on a competitive basis. These Assistantships pay an annual stipend and fully covers tuition. Please note that scholarships will not cover student’s fees.

Q. How do I apply for a Teaching Assistantship? A. You will be able to complete an application for a Teaching Assistantship during the online graduate application process under downloadable forms.

Q. I have been accepted to the chemistry graduate program. What is the next step? A. Congratulations! You will need to formally accept your admission by following the step by step instructions on your official admissions letter from the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Q. How do I know if I received a scholarship? A. Admissions decisions and scholarship considerations are two separate decisions. If you have received an admission letter, please contact the department of chemistry at

Q. When do I register for classes? A. In your official admissions letter you will be assigned an academic advisor or contact person.