Applying to the Graduate Program

  • Where can I find information about applying?

Applications to MSU Department of Chemistry are completed online. Information on the requirements, the process, and links to the materials are available through the How to Apply section. DO NOT SUBMIT MORE THAN 1 UNIVERSITY APPLICATION, if you have questions or need assistance please contact the MSU Office of Admissions at 517-355-8332 option 2 or the MSU Department of Chemistry. Do not make another application to makes changes.

  • Does MSU Department of Chemistry offer an application fee waiver?

We understand that you will be prompted to pay the application fee however; you do not need to pay the application fee. The MSU Department of Chemistry can review your application without the payment and will process payment of the application fees for all admitted students.

  • When and where should I have my transcripts mailed?

Unofficial transcripts should be uploaded within the online Graduate Education Student Portal for evaluation purposes only.

Students admitted to the program must provide official transcripts or academic records, sealed and stamped, from each institution attended to the address listed below.

Domestic students please have your university mail your transcripts to:

Michigan State University
Chemistry Building
Attn: Anna Osborn
578 S Shaw Ln Room 320
East Lansing MI 48824

International students please have your university mail your transcripts to:

  1. Michigan State University
  2. Hannah Administration Building
  3. 426 Auditorium Road, Room 250
  4. East Lansing, Michigan 48824-2604

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  • How does your review process work? When will I know if I’ve been accepted?

We use a rolling review process due to the high number of applications we receive. The admissions committee generally starts reviewing applications in December and finishes by the end of April. Admission offers are made throughout the review process and may continue until mid-April. You will be notified via email of our decision for admissions status.

  • Can I contact a professor in the department prior to being admitted?

If you are especially interested in a particular professor’s research, you can email him or her directly to begin to establish contact. Nonetheless, the admissions committee reviews all applications and approves admittance into the program. Even though you are in touch with a faculty member, they will not have an answer regarding your admissions status. You will be notified via email of our decision for admissions status.

  • What is the Personal Statement/Statement of Purpose? How long should it be?

The Personal Statement/Statement of Purpose is your opportunity to tell the admissions committee more about you and why we should offer you admitance to our program. Don’t sell yourself short. A good statement introduces you and your interest in chemistry. Please keep your essay to two single-spaced pages.

Our admissions committee looks at a lot of applications; so strive to be clear, complete, and concise; don't assume we know what you are talking about, particularly when it comes to acronyms or regional programs and awards. Don't make us hunt for information about you. Give us a clear picture of what makes you different and separates you from other applicants.

Be sure to address any GPA or test score discrepancies or deficiencies by explaining the circumstances that affected your performance (e.g., illness, death in the family, working to support yourself etc).

  • What is the Academic Statement? How long should it be?

The Academic Statement is your opportunity to tell the admissions committee more about you and your interest in chemistry and ties your research interest areas/experience to the research being conducted by our professors. Please keep your essay to two single-spaced pages.

Our admissions committee looks at a lot of applications, so strive to be clear, complete, and concise; don't assume we know what you are talking about, particularly when it comes to acronyms or regional programs and awards. Don't make us hunt for information about you. Give us a clear picture of what makes you different and separates you from other applicants.

Be sure to address any GPA or test score discrepancies or deficiencies by explaining the circumstances that affected your performance (e.g., illness, death in the family, working to support yourself).

Personal and Academic Statements can either be typed and uploaded into your Graduate Education Student Portal; or you can type the statements directly onto your Graduate Application.