**There are two application paths available for certain doctoral programs. Depending on your objectives, you may apply directly to the Chemistry program or you may apply via the Biological and Biomedical Sciences application umbrella. Please visit program websites to determine the best fit for your objectives.
Programs Degrees Major Codes Admissions
Term Deadline
Doctoral PhD CHEM Fall* June 11, 2024
Master’s MS CHEM Fall* June 11, 2024
Fall Graduate School Fellowships December 12, 2023 (Recommended)
Academic Program Aid/Financial Assistance December 12, 2023 (Recommended)
Director of Graduate Admissions Alexander Miller (
Graduate Coordinator Jill Fallin, Student Services Manager (
Address Department of Chemistry
CB# 3290, Caudill & Kenan Laboratories
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Phone 919-843-7827
Test Requirements
GRE not required
Letters of Recommendation 3
International Applicants Only TOEFL or IELTS score (no more than two years old)
Other Requirements In addition to the University’s required application materials, applicants should review the information below for additional expectations or application requirements.

PRIORITY DEADLINE for the Department of Chemistry is December 1, 2023. Applications received by this date will receive priority consideration for departmental financial support, and will enjoy full internal fellowship eligibility.

To facilitate appropriate review of your application, please select the (only) one primary area of chemistry (e.g., Analytical, Biological, Inorganic, Organic, Physical, and/or Polymer/Materials) that you are interested in pursuing as a graduate student (note that admitted students can change focus area any time).

In the Faculty Interest Section of the application, please list Faculty whose research you find particularly interesting. Note that your answers do not limit you from exploring other faculty in any way.

Three recommendation letters are required. One of your recommendation letters must come from an Undergraduate Research Advisor.  Other letters should be from faculty in the sciences or math, and/or professional scientists in whose lab you have worked.

A description of your research experience is required.  The description should include the current and/or previous research labs in which you have worked and any authored publications. Please limit the research description to 2 pages.

A statement of purpose is required. The statement should indicate your motivation for pursuing graduate studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, including specific details on the research area(s) that you are most interested in. Please also describe examples (inside or outside research settings) in which you displayed leadership, mentorship, perseverance, or other experiences that have shaped your desire to pursue a higher degree in chemistry. Generic statements of interest in chemistry are discouraged. Please limit the research description to 2 pages.

*UNC-Chapel Hill Chemistry does not consider applicants for Spring admission.