Chemistry Graduate Application


Domestic and International   January 15, 2018

Application review begins in November and continues until we meet admissions quota or early April, whichever comes first. Notices of admission/denial occur on a rolling basis throughout the application review season.

Applications are available online through the Graduate Application Portal. When you begin the application process, you will receive a PIN and password that allows you to log in and work on your application over several sessions, as well as review the status of your application. Your information is kept confidential and is transmitted through a secure server.

Only after you submit your application will the Chemistry Graduate Office obtain access to review your application. When you complete your application and submit it, you may pay your application fees online using a credit card or by mail using a check. We do offer a sort of "fee waiver" for domestic applicants only (US Citizens or Permanent Residents). To qualify, you should indicate "check" as your form of payment when you submit your application. We cannot offer refunds for a fee you already paid. Due to the nature of the funding we use for the "fee waiver," we cannot offer the same courtesy to our international applicants. You can only submit your application one time.

Application Checklist

A complete application consists of the following:

  • Completed and submitted online application through the Graduate Application Portal.
  • Paid $75 domestic or $85 international application fee. NOTE: We waive the application fee for US Citizens or Permanent Residents only if the applicant indicates "CHECK" as the form of payment on the application. We cannot offer refunds.
  • Transcripts from all schools attended submitted with online application. For international transcripts, Please obtain a translated version from your university if one is not readily available in English. GPA of at least 3.0 (out of 4.0) in the sciences is required (we will evaluate international applications on a subjective basis).
  • Personal statement submitted with online application.
  • Three letters of recommendation (letter-writers may either submit it online or send it as a PDF attachment via email to ).
  • GRE General Test scores, and optional Subject Test scores (no more than five years old). Please use the NCSU institutional code 5496 when requesting scores.
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (no more than two years old; international applicants only). Please use the NCSU institutional code 5496 when requesting scores.
    • TOEFL Scores: The Graduate School sets a minimum total score requirement for the TOEFL and for each section of the TOEFL, as well. Those scores are listed below. We strictly follow the Graduate School's posted scores and we cannot make exceptions to their regulations.
      • Citizens of approved countries are exempt from the TOEFL. International students who have completed one full year of full-time study in the United States or other approved countries are not required to submit TOEFL scores.
      • The Internet Based Test (IBT) has replaced other versions of the TOEFL. The minimum IBT TOEFL score for admission is 80. The minimum IBT scores for each section are:
        • Listening: 18 points
        • Reading: 18 points
        • Writing: 18 points
        • Speaking: 18 points – for admission to the Graduate School (SPEAK Test required)
          • 23 points – for TA appointment where TA has direct verbal interactions with students (SPEAK Test required)
          • 26 points – for TA appointment where TA presents lectures in the class or laboratory (SPEAK Test NOT required)
        NOTE: The overall score must be 80 or higher, but rarely will the Graduate School allow students with lower scores in one or two specific areas. Only if an application is complete, very strong and if the admissions committee requests a special admission will the Graduate School CONSIDER admission. If admission is granted in such cases, the student will be on a probationary status during the first semester. At the end of the semester a formal review of the student's progress will be done along with an evaluation of the student's language ability. A decision will then be made to either allow the student to continue or be terminated from the program. For information on the SPEAK Test please follow this link:
      • The Computer Based TOEFL score must be at least 213 total (with at least 17 on three sections and no section score below 13). The Paper Based TOEFL requires a score of at least 550 (with scores of 50 on at least two of the three sections and no section score below 45).
      • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores with an overall band score of at least 6.5. Minimum test scores for each section are listed below:
        • Listening: 6.5
        • Reading: 6.5
        • Writing: 6.5
        • Speaking: 6.5 (for base admission to Graduate School), 7.0 for TA appointment
        • TOEFL or IELTS test date must be no older than two years (24 months) prior to the beginning of the requested entry term.

Send OFFICIAL documents supporting your application directly to:

The Graduate School
North Carolina State University
1020 Main Campus Drive, Room 2300A
Campus Box 7102
Raleigh, NC 27695-7102