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We are pleased that you have decided to consider Tulane University for your graduate study in chemistry.  The Chemistry Department only admits students interested in working toward the Ph.D. degree; while the M.S. degree is awarded on occasion, we are not interested in admitting students seeking the M.S. degree as a terminal degree.   The bullets on the left hand side of this page link to information that should be useful to you in your consideration of Tulane and in completing the application process.  Before looking at this material, here is some basic information about the Chemistry Graduate Program.

grad-admissionsApplicants should complete the online application at the Applications for Admissions page.

NOTE: There is no application fee for the Ph.D. program in chemistry.

In the online application you will be asked to

  1. Report your academic history, including GPA and upload a copy of the official transcript (or transcripts).
  2. Provide your resume or CV.
  3. Upload your personal statement.
  4. Provide GRE scores and upload a photocopy of the GRE report.
  5. Provide TOEFL scores (foreign students only) and upload a photocopy of the TOEFL report.
  6. Arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent on your behalf. The letters should be provided by faculty who are familiar with your academic and/or research skills.

The chemistry subject test is not required for admission into the program, but students who have taken the subject test in chemistry or related areas are encouraged to report these scores in the “Test Scores” section.

If you are accepted into the program you will be asked to arrange for official college level transcripts submitted to the Department of Chemistry and to have official GRE scores sent to the School of Science and Engineering, GRE Code (6173).

There are approximately 60 graduate students in the Ph.D. program as of September 2017. Students come from all over the United States (50% US) and from many foreign countries including China, India, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Great Britain, Ukraine, and Sierra Leone.

All graduate students are supported with assistantships and tuition waivers throughout the year. Financial support for graduate students comes in several forms:

  • Teaching assistantships with an annual stipend for students entering in fall 2017 is $24,400. Most entering students receive teaching assistantships and teach in the general and organic chemistry laboratories. "Incentive Scholarships" will be awarded to particularly strong applicants in amounts ranging from $2000 to $4000.
  • Research assistantships with the same annual stipend. Students receiving research assistantships work in the laboratory of their faculty mentor and do not have teaching responsibilities.
  • Board of Regents Graduate Fellowships are rewarded to students exhibiting exceptional promise for success in the program. The fellowship has an annual stipend of $30,000, is renewable for four years and requires only modest extramural service. Fellows are free to work in the research group of their choice.

Questions can be directed to Ms. Jessica Stephenson, or Dr. Igor Rubtsov

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