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How to Apply

**Fee waivers are available to eligible students through the university. Please explore the fee waiver information**

Application Requirements

Applications are accepted from candidates who intend to pursue the Ph.D. degree. Applications are submitted online with an application fee, paid by credit card. The electronic application can be found on the Graduate Admissions page. The web-based application allows applicants to save entries and return several times for edits before submitting the application. The application fee is $125 for U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and international applicants. Women, underrepresented minority candidates, LGBTQ students, as well as individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

A complete application includes the online application (plus statement of purpose) and the following supplementary materials:

  • three letters of recommendation
  • official GRE scores including the general test and subject exam in chemistry (optional for 2020 given test center challenges presented by COVID-19, but strongly recommended)
  • TOEFL scores, for applicants who have not studied in an English speaking country for at least two years leading to a BS or MS degree
  • two official transcripts from each university you have attended for one year or longer

Test Scores

It is recommended that applicants take the general GRE exams in the autumn prior to applying, or earlier. The GRE subject exam in chemistry may be taken in October. Per the statement above, all GREs are optional for 2020, but strongly recommended. There is also a TOEFL requirement for foreign applicants who have not studied in an English speaking country for at least two years leading to a BS or MS degree.


Transcripts should be mailed directly to the chemistry department:

Attn: Graduate Admissions
Chemistry Department
333 Campus Drive, Mudd Bldg.
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-4401


The on-line application deadline is December 1, 2020 for an Autumn quarter 2021 start; required supporting materials may arrive after the deadline. It is to your advantage to have your application complete as close to the deadline as possible. Therefore, we strongly recommend you ask your letter writers to submit their reference letter by the application deadline.

Application Status

To check the status/activity of your application materials, please log into your application account. There you will find the most current status of all your application materials. You will also be able to send reminders to those recommenders who have not yet submitted letters of recommendation.


Applicants will be notified of the Department's decision as soon as possible after all supporting materials have been received, and in no instance later than March 15. Applicants receiving offers of admission must notify the Department of their decision to accept or decline the offer by April 15.

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