Graduate Admission 

Applicants should hold a B.A. or B.S. (or the foreign equivalent) in chemistry, biochemistry or a related field with a significant background in chemistry, and a 3.00 or better grade point average. 

 Applicants to the graduate program at the Department of Chemistry should apply on line via the Apply Yourself site:

 Complete online application for admission to graduate school. (Online Form).

In addition, applicants should send the following to the Department of Chemistry:

  • Completed Research Interest Questionnaire. (Word) (PDF)
  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended.
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from a faculty member at the institution most recently attended.
  • A TOEFL Score of 550 or greater (international students) or similar ranking in other English Proficiency exams: IELTS score of 6.5, Internet based score of 79, or 213 in computer based TOEFL. The UA English Language Institute describes these examinations in detail.
  • General GRE scores, although not required, are strongly recommended.

The above materials should be assembled and sent to:

Nancy Homa
The University of Akron
Department of Chemistry
Akron, OH 44325-3601



Prospective students are encouraged to contact the department or any of the faculty if they have any questions concerning the graduate program. Interested students are invited to visit the department, meet with faculty and graduate students, and tour the teaching and research facilities.  Applications for fall admission will not be considered after April 15.





Financial Assistance

Students entering with a B.S., M.S. or equivalent degree in chemistry will find financial support is generally available, on a competitive basis, for two years toward completion of a M.S. degree and up to a total of six years of support toward completion of a Ph.D.

Sources of support for full-time graduate students include teaching and research assistantships and industrial fellowships. Teaching assistantships involve recitations, grading or laboratory instruction, typically for approximately 20 hours per week. Along with an assistantship, the student receives a full-tuition waiver.

In addition, a number of named scholarships/fellowships, including the Coleman, D'ianni, Livigni, Grant and Flexsys graduate fellowships, are awarded each year to outstanding applicants. These provide additional financial support above the base stipend. Each year, a series of awards provided by private and corporate donors are presented to graduate students who have excelled in the areas of research and teaching.