GPAs and GRE Scores

  • What department code do I send my scores through ETS too?

Please submit your scores through ETS to MSU Department Code 1465. You do not need to worry about a direct Department of Chemistry code.

  • My GRE/TOEFL/IELTS scores will not be available until after December 1st, what do I do?

Your file will not be reviewed until scores are available for the search committee to view within your application, so please plan accordingly.

Once you receive your scoring information from ETS, please upload that document into your Graduate Education Student Portal; as well as entering the scores directly into your graduate application.

  • Can I upload my unofficial GRE Score Report documentation, instead of submitting official scores through ETS?

You may upload your Examinee Score Report that you receive via email from ETS through "My GRE Account" into your graduate application. However; you are still required to have your official scores submitted through ETS as well.

  • I submitted my scores through ETS to the wrong department, can you change it for me?

You need to make sure that you scores are sent to MSU Department Code 1465. You do not need to worry about a program code, as the MSU Office of Admissions matches scores to students record once received.

  • What are the GPA and GRE test score requirements?

The MSU Graduate School requires a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The MSU Department of Chemistry typically looks for GPAs of 3.5 or higher, however the grading reputation of the school attended is also taken into account. A lower score will not automatically exclude you from consideration.

We do require GRE scores, even though they are not required by the MSU Graduate School. Most students that have been admitted to the program have scores at or above 70 percent for the quantitative portion, at or above 40 percent for the verbal portion and analytical writing scores of 3.0 or higher. Nonetheless, keep in mind that no single score will disqualify you from being evaluated and admitted to our program since we consider the entire application as a whole. Although we do not require the GRE advanced subject test in chemistry for general admission, it is beneficial if you wish to be considered for a fellowship. It is STRONGLY recommended for international students to submit scores for the GRE advanced subject test in chemistry.

  • I am retaking my GRE/TOEFL/IELTS exam, which score you will look at?

When retaking an exam, if the scores will not be available until after December 1st, then you will want to upload your older exam scores and then upload your newer scores once those are received.

  • My GRE scores are a little low even though my GPA is good. Can I still apply?

When we evaluate a candidate for our graduate program, we look at the entire package: GPA, GRE score, presentations, papers, research experience, honors and awards, recommendations, reasons for graduate study, writing ability, and outside activities. Undergraduate work should include satisfactory completion of coursework in the fundamentals of chemistry, physics, and calculus. A lower score will not automatically exclude you from consideration.

We recognize that international students may not score as high on an English writing test. For international students, a good TOEFL score is a definite plus and can mitigate a lower GRE verbal or writing score.