Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the application requirements?
    • 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
        • Applicants may upload the unofficial copy and should have the official copy mailed to us.
          • Mailing Address:
            • Wesleyan University
            • Chemistry Department
            • 52 Lawn Avenue
            • Middletown, CT  06459
        • The application moves on before the official transcripts are received so they can be evaluated by the faculty, however the offer of admission is dependent on receipt of the official transcript.
      • Official copies of GRE and TOEFL scores
        • Applicants may upload the unofficial copy and should have the official copy mailed to us.
        • GREs ad TOEFL scores should be sent to code 3959. 
        • The application does not move on without verified test scores.
        • TOEFL exam will not be necessary if you have already received an undergraduate or master’s  degree in Chemistry at a US institution.

           

    Mailing address:

    Office of Graduate Student Services
    265 Church Street
    Middletown, CT  06459. 

  • What should the essay include/ be about?
    The essay should demonstrate why you want to pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry. What sorts of chemistry do you find interesting? Why Wesleyan?
  • What is the minimum TOEFL score for graduate admission? Can anything be substituted for the TOEFL?
    • There is no minimum
    • The TOEFL exam is preferable but any objective evidence of English proficiency may be acceptable.
      • Our on-line application, Slate, does not accept electronic IELTS scores.  
        IELTS scores may be used to satisfy the test score requirement for international students. 
        Students must self-report their scores or the upcoming test date on the application. 
        Graduate Student Services will forward the paper reports to the Chemistry department.

      • Applicants may upload the TOEFL unofficial copy and should have the official copy mailed to us.
        • TOEFL scores should be sent to code 3959.
      • The application does not move on without verified test scores. 
      • TOEFL exam will not be necessary if you have already received an undergraduate or master’s  degree in Chemistry at a US institution.
  • Are there GPA requirements?
    There are no GPA requirements.
  • What are the minimum GRE general scores for admission? Is the advance chemistry GRE score required for admission?
    • 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.

    • Applicants can submit their application without the GRE scores but they will need to enter the date they expect to take the GRE. 
    • The scores can be sent in later. GREs should be sent to code 3959. 
      • If GRE's are not received before the deadline, the application will not move on.
  • Do you offer admission to students for the spring semester?
    Rarely. As opportunities arise throughout the academic year, additional applications may be evaluated. Please inquire with the department.
  • What is the application deadline for Fall admission?
    February 15th of each year. Submit as early as possible for the best chance of admission.
    • Please note that most applications come in between December and February.
    • Applications are reviewed soon after the deadline and applicants may be notified sometime in March through mid-May.  
  • Are teaching assistantships offered?
    Yes. All students are supported, either as teaching or research assistants.
  • What is the application fee?
    There is no application fee.
  • Do you contact my recommenders or do I?
    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.
  • Where is the form to send to my recommenders?
    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 (gradappchem@wesleyan.edu) 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.