Application & Admission to Chemistry PhD/MS Programs


The requirements for admission to the Tufts graduate PhD/MS chemistry program, include an undergraduate degree in chemistry (or related subject with appropriate chemistry courses), the exams as indicated below, and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for applicants from non-English speaking countries.  There are no specific requirements for grade point average (GPA) or GRE scores.

Evaluation of each application takes into consideration GRE scores, undergraduate grades and courses, and letters of recommendation from scientists acquainted with the applicant's academic and research records.

PLEASE NOTE: Since we accept students on a competitive basis with other applicants for that semester, it is not possible nor is it our policy to "pre-evaluate" applicants.


Applications for September enrollment should be submitted by January 15th, and for January enrollment by October 15 (September 15 for non-US residents). Applications received after these dates will be given consideration on a space available basis.  No foreign applications will be considered after February 15th.


(1)  The official/original Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general scores.

    • - The GRE is not required for Tufts undergraduate chemistry majors.

      PLEASE NOTE: In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the availability of standardized testing, GRE test scores will be optional for all students applying to this program for Spring or Fall 2021 admissions.

    (2)  Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended.

(3)  Three letters of recommendation.

(4)  Applicants whose undergraduate degree is not from a U.S. or Canadian institution must also submit a score for the GRE Subject Test in ChemistryThis exam is also recommended for U.S. and Canadian applicants who wish to provide a better indication of their knowledge of chemistry or who may not have had a rigorous or appropriate degree in chemistry.

(5)  Applicants who are not from an English speaking country must also submit a score for the written Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) of 600 or higher (250 or higher for the computer-based version, 100 or higher for the Internet-based version). The TOEFL and GRE exams should  be taken in October or December to ensure receipt of the official scores prior to the application deadline.


All applications for admissions to the Chemistry Graduate program must use the Office of Graduate Admissions on-line application system.

If you have any questions please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions

Please note the application is available online through the Office of Graduate Admissions website. Please DO NOT send application materials to the Chemistry Department as this will only delay your application.

VISITS (PhD Applicants Only):

Before application or acceptance
, informal arrangements for a visit can best be made directly through individual faculty members whose research may be of interest to you. After acceptance, the department office can arrange for a meeting with several faculty members, lunch with current graduate students, and for partial reimbursement of travel expenses (up to $200 for students outside the New England area and $50 from within)

If you have any other questions about the Chemistry Graduate Program contact:

Graduate Program
Department of Chemistry
Tufts University
Medford, MA 02155 617-627-2649