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The Department of Chemistry offers a rigorous education with many opportunities for engaging, hands-on research. Applications for fall admission are due January 15 and are free to domestic students.

Foundation for the Future

We offer an outstanding Ph.D. program with several opportunities to defray the cost of your education. Graduate students learn from award-winning faculty in the classroom and work alongside them in the lab, playing an integral role in cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research to solve the big problems facing society.

Graduate applications are submitted electronically and consist of transcripts, three (3) letters of recommendation, and a statement of purpose. GRE scores are not required. The statement of purpose (personal statement) should focus on research accomplishments and aspirations, as well as specific faculty research programs of interest, and may include figures and chemical structures.

The Chemistry Department pays the application fee for domestic applicants only. Domestic applications will be finished when the payment screen is reached, so supply no payment information.

Please visit our Apply Now page and click on the “Apply Now” button to start your application.

While they complete their education, our students enjoy a rich student experience, publishing papers, traveling to conferences, teaching courses and getting involved in campus life. Students finish their degrees faster than the national average, allowing them to start their futures sooner.

And these futures are bright. Our graduates go on to diverse and successful careers in industry, working for top employers like BASF, Eastman Chemical, Cree, LORD and Novozymes. They teach and research at large universities, small colleges and everywhere between. And they are leaders in influential fields like law, research and government. Through our labs and the Chemistry Graduate Student Association, we offer valuable networking, travel and professional development opportunities to help students find the career path that is right for them.

The Chemistry of Life Program (CLP)

The Chemistry of Life Program is a program within the Comparative Medicine Institute at NC State that aims to propel training and research at the interface of Chemistry and the Life Sciences.

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Graduate Student Handbook

Current students can find all the resources they need to succeed in this comprehensive guide to the graduate experience in our department.

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