Application Procedure


Our application procedure is divided into two stages. 

This ensures that we will be able to offset the application fee levied by the Auburn University Graduate School for our incoming students once they arrive on campus.  In the first stage, you download and complete the application form.  Upon completion of the application, submit it by e-mail to the Graduate Admissions Committee in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (chgrcom@auburn.edu).  In addition, you are asked to send a copy of your official transcripts by email (official transcripts are to be sent by your university in a sealed envelope to the address below), GRE scores, and TOEFL scores to the same e-mail address.  Please send each document in a separate Microsoft Word or pdf file format.  Finally, have the three references you identify in your application send their letters of recommendation to the Graduate Admissions Committee (chgrcom@auburn.edu).   Upon receipt of your complete application, the Graduate Admissions Committee will review your application.  If your application is favorably reviewed, and you are extended an offer from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, you will be given instructions for the second stage of your application to the Graduate School.  Importantly, once you are accepted by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry your application and acceptance to the Graduate School is typically a mere formality.

Below is the information you will need to complete your initial application to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry:

  • Application form
  • Full Name
  • Present address and home/permanent address
  • Social security number (if available)
  • Summary of all post secondary education
  • GRE scores (GRE Subject Test in Chemistry or Biochemistry is recommended but not required)
  • TOEFL scores (international students only).  A minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper test) or 213 (computerized) or 79 (internet-based test) plus a minimum of 16 on the listening, reading, speaking, and writing components is required to be considered for admission.)
  • Grade point averages (Chemistry GPA, Math and Sciences GPA, and Overall GPA)
  • Names, addresses, AND e-mails of three references familiar with your ability to conduct research and/or be successful in a graduate program.
  • A personal statement expressing your reason for pursuing advanced studies in chemistry.  (You can also specify here the research program(s)/faculty members you are interested in joining or working with.)
  • A Statement of Accomplishments and Qualifications describing the features of your background that prepare you for graduate study in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (e.g., previous employment, honors and awards, research experience, record of published work, talks and/or posters presented).
  • Official scores from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) must be sent by Educational Testing Services to Auburn University, Code 1005.  An initial decision on your application can be made based on scores you report on your initial application; however, official scores will need to be presented for the formal admission by the graduate school.
  • Two sets of official transcripts for all post-secondary education must be sent to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.  If possible, e-mail is the preferred method to receive these, but if this is not possible you may have hard copies mailed to the address below.
  • You are responsible to notify your recommenders to write and send a letter on your behalf.  Inform your recommenders that the preferred format  is a pdf document with letterhead and signature e-mailed to chgrcom@auburn.edu.  If this is not possible, a copy may be faxed to our department (334-844-6959) or a hard copy sent to the mail address below.   We must have received your letters of recommendation in order to consider your application. 
  • Review of applications will begin on December 5 and will continue until available positions are filled.  In order to process international applications we must have all international applications in as soon as possible.

Graduate Application

Graduate Admissions Committee
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Chemistry Building, Room 179
Auburn University
Auburn, AL  36849-5312


 Application Form



Last updated: 08/27/2014