**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* May 10, 2022
Master’s MS CHEM Fall* December 14, 2021
Fall Graduate School Fellowships December 14, 2021 (Recommended)
Academic Program Aid/Financial Assistance December 14, 2021 (Recommended)
Director of Graduate Admissions Alexander Miller (
Graduate Coordinator Donnyell Batts, 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.

To be considered for departmental financial support, your application must be completed by December 15, 2021.

To facilitate appropriate review of your application, please select the ONE area of chemistry (e.g., Analytical, Biological, Inorganic, Organic, Physical, and/or Polymer/Materials) that you most identify with and are interested in pursuing as a Graduate Student. Only one area should be selected. Please do not choose more than one or “Other” as it will delay consideration of your application.

In the Faculty Interest Section of the application, we encourage you to list Faculty whose research you find particularly interesting.  Of course, this does not limit you in any way should you learn about other research projects or Faculty when visiting if accepted.

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 (1-page max) is required.  The description should include the current and/or previous research labs in which you have worked and any authored publications.

The statement of purpose need not be extensive. However, you should indicate your motivation for pursuing graduate studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, and the research area(s) and faculty members that you are most interested in. Generic statements of interest in chemistry are discouraged.

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