Frequently Asked Questions


  • Students wishing to apply for the Ph.D. program in Chemistry must hold at least a Bachelor's degree from a recognized institution with a major in chemistry or in a closely related discipline.
  • Essay
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all institutes of higher education attended
  • Official copies of GRE and TOEFL scores

  • The essay should demonstrate why you want to pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry. What sorts of chemistry do you find interesting? Why Wesleyan?

  • There is no minimum
  • The TOEFL exam is preferable but any objective evidence of English proficiency may be acceptable.

  • There are no GPA requirements.

  • We do not have a “minimum” GRE requirement. Admission is offered on the basis of a number of criteria, the GRE scores being one of them
  • The GRE exam in advanced chemistry is not required but always welcome

  • Occasionally. Apply and we will let you know if a vacancy exists at that time.

  • Rolling. Submit as early as possible for the best chance of admission.
    • Please note that most applications come in between December and February. The admissions committee will begin looking at candidates around January 15th. 

  • Yes. All students are supported, either as teaching or research assistants.

  • There is no application fee.

  • You do. We do not follow up with the faculty you list on your application. it is your responsibility to make sure everything is received in the department.

There is no standardized form. You can request a letter from your recommenders when you register with Slate, our online application management system. They can then upload their recommendation form on the Slate site. If they are unable to do this, a letter of recommendation can be sent via email ( or by mail. Please make note that letters should come from a work or school email address and not from a yahoo or gmail type address.