How to Apply

Applications open September 1 for admission in Fall of the following year. The application deadline is January 1. Applications received prior to the deadline will receive priority consideration, but applications received after the deadline may still receive consideration, pending available space. Applicants will receive final notice of decision by March 15.

All applicants must apply through the Graduate Admissions office. All application materials must be submitted through the application or to Graduate Admissions directly. Please do not mail any documents to the School of Molecular Sciences. 

The School of Molecular Sciences utilizes a two-part application process and both parts are required. The first part is the General Application through the ASU Graduate Admissions office. The second part is a supplemental application to the School of Molecular Sciences and allows us to expedite the review of your application and evaluate your application based on unofficial documents. 

(The supplemental application will be accessible 24-48 hours after the submission of the general application and is accessed using your ASURITE ID and password, which you is received shortly after the general application is submitted.)


Step 1:

Apply Now (General Application)

Step 2:

Access the Supplemental Application


Frequently Asked Questions

Minimum Requirements required for admission:

•  Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry, biochemistry, or closely related discipline with appropriate coursework
         o  Applicants from Indian institutions must have completed a Master's degree.
•  GPA of at least 3.0
•  General GRE test scores no more than 5 years old; Subject GRE test preferred, but not required
•  International Applicants must have a TOEFL score less than 2 years old (minimum score 80)

While all applications meeting the minimum requirements will be reviewed, competitive candidates generally meet the following benchmarks:

•  GPA of at least 3.4
•  GRE Quantitative score of 155 (60th percentile) or better
•  A good subject GRE score (chemistry or biochemistry, cell and molecular biology) is preferred
•  Research experience and a letter of recommendation from a faculty research supervisor
•  A TOEFL score of 100 with a speaking section score of 23 or better (additional English requirements are required by ASU for employment as a TA for speaking scores section scores less than 26)


All applicants are required to pay the application fee ($70 – domestic / $90 – international). The application fee will be refunded to all students who are accepted into and agree to join our program.

You will need the following information to complete the general application:

•  Beginning/ending dates and location(s) of your academic degree(s);
•  Grade point average (GPA) - Information on calculating overall, junior-senior undergraduate and graduate GPA is found on the Graduate Admission FAQ.
•  GRE and TOEFL scores (unofficial scores can be used in your initial application)
•  Arizona Residency information if you are a resident in the state of Arizona (general tax and employment history)

You will need the following information to complete the supplemental application:

•  Areas of research and faculty member interest
•  A brief Personal Statement that includes a narrative concerning your motivations for graduate study in chemistry or biochemistry, your long-term career goals, further information on research experience, potential ASU faculty interests and a list of all honors, awards and scholarships. It is particularly important to describe your research experience and list any publications.
•  Contact information (email address) for three (3) faculty members who will write letters of recommendation for you, and can comment on your suitability for advanced scholarly work. One of these must be your current research supervisor. If you are employed full-time, only one of these letters can be from your employer. Faculty member letters are much more important than letters from employers.
•  Electronic copies of your unofficial transcripts.

Admission decisions may be extended on the basis of the unofficial information submitted as part of the application, although an official offer cannot be extended until the all official transcripts and test scores have been received and added to the application.

Domestic students who apply by the deadline and are extended an offer of admission will be invited to visit campus during our Visitation Weekend in mid-February.

The School of Molecular Sciences values a diverse student population and welcomes applications from international students. The University sets English proficiency requirements for admission for international students whose native language is not English, or for whom the official language of the country of origin is not English. The University will also require international students employed as a teaching assistants to demonstrate additional proficiency in spoken English. The School of Molecular Sciences prefers applicants who demonstrate English proficiency beyond the University required minimums as follows:

•  A TOEFL score of 100 with a speaking section score of 23 or better (additional English requirements are required for employment as a TA)
•  An IELTS overall band score of 7.0 with speaking score of 6.5 or better

Applicants who satisfy one of the following criteria through attendance at a regionally accredited college or university in the US are exempt from the English proficiency admission requirements:

• Earned bachelor's degree or higher
• Completed at least 12 credit hours of graduate course work with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale
• Completed at least 90 credit hours of undergraduate course work with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 (All 90 hours must be earned in the US)

NOTE: Exemption can only be obtained by providing proof through submission of official documentation, i.e. official graduate transcript. The requirement will remain on your account until the verification has been completed by the Graduate Admissions office.

The test of English proficiency must have been taken within two years of starting the program (i.e. for fall 2018 admission, the test must have been taken after August 1, 2016.) You will need to retake the test if your results are more than two years old. Official scores should be sent by the Education Testing Service (ETS) as soon as possible. When ordering a score report from ETS, use institution code 4007 (do not list a department code). Applications will not be considered without valid evidence of English proficiency.

All international academic records must be submitted in the original language accompanied by an official English translation. Translations must be literal and complete versions of original records, and the documents must be translated by a university, a government official, or an official translation service. Students who are applying from Indian institutions must send both their Certificate and Mark Sheets.

The university sets an additional requirement for spoken English proficiency for students to be hired as Teaching Assistants. Students who do not meet the threshold for spoken English proficiency (iBT speaking score of 26/IELTS speaking band score of 8) are brought in early and provided assistance to prepare for and take the test of spoken English that is administered by the university.

For additional information, please visit the Graduate Admission Services page dedicated to International Students.

Students seeking to transfer from another graduate program are accepted only under exceptional circumstances. If you are currently, or have been in another graduate program in chemistry or biochemistry in the United States, you must supply three letters of recommendation from your current institution (i.e. the one that you are transferring from, or the one you previously attended). Do not have letters sent from earlier (undergraduate) institutions. Specifically, we will need a letter from your current research advisor (or prior graduate research advisor) stating explicitly why you want to transfer to ASU. Without a letter from your research advisor, we will NOT be able to review your application.