Application

Graduate Admissions Timeline

September, 2016

The application process for the Graduate Program in Chemistry is currently OPEN.  The online application will open in September for Fall 2017 admission. 

December 1, 2016

Chemistry and Graduate School application deadline for applicants who wish to enter the Graduate Program of Chemistry in Fall 2017. All materials must be received by this date.

January - February, 2017

Department of Chemistry domestic admission decisions are made.

March, 2017

Department of Chemistry international admission decisions are made.

Visit Weekends, dates March 23 - 25 & March 30 - April 1, 2017

Department of Chemistry visit weekends for those offered admission.

April 15, 2017

Deadline for students to accept or decline offers of admission

An Application Should Contain

1. Submit Application – You must submit your application through an online system. Available September 2016 for fall 2017 admission.

2. Recommendation Letters – Three separate letters of recommendation are required. All letters of recommendation can be uploaded by the NU application software. The NU application software will ask you for the names and email addresses of three references. As you submit your application, an email will be sent to your references providing them with instructions for submitting their letters of recommendation. The NU application software will send you a confirmation email once your references have uploaded their letters of recommendation. If your references are uncomfortable using the web, you may wish to consider sending hard copies.

3. Official Transcript(s) - While completing your online application, you will be required to submit one scanned copy of your transcript from each school you have attended. Scanned transcripts should be exact duplicates of the official transcripts issued by your institution (bearing the institution’s seal). Please do not upload foreign language transcripts unless English language transcripts are impossible to obtain. If you only have access to foreign language transcripts, your foreign language transcripts must be accompanied by an official English translation bearing the original ink signature and seal of the issuing university.

Please make sure your scanned transcripts are legible before uploading them. Illegible transcripts will not be reviewed.

If you are recommended for admission and decide to enroll, you will be required to mail one official copy of each of your transcripts to The Graduate School Admission Office as soon the transcripts are available. Your transcripts should be sent in sealed, unopened envelopes, directly from the issuing institution. Please be sure that your official transcripts list all the degrees that you have earned prior to enrolling at Northwestern University. Failure to submit all your transcripts (including degree awarding transcripts) by the end of your first quarter of study will result in registration holds.

Please do not mail copies of your transcripts to The Graduate School before you have been admitted AND submitted your enrollment decision. Any transcript submitted prior to that point will not be kept and you will be required to submit those transcripts again. The Graduate School’s address is listed below.

Northwestern University
The Graduate School
Rebecca Crown Center
633 Clark Street
Evanston, IL, 60208 

Any fraudulent activity or discrepancies found between uploaded and official transcript[s] will result in the immediate revocation of admission and/or dismissal from Northwestern University.

Transcript requirements of the Graduate School

4. GRE Scores - Request that ETS (1-888-GRE-SCORE) send your General and Chemistry GRE scores to Northwestern University (school code 1565). Do not use a department code.

5. TOEFL/IELTS Scores - Much of your success in graduate study will rely on your ability to understand, read, write and speak English. If your native language is not English, you must certify your proficiency in the English language in one of the following three ways.

  • Providing official scores for either the TOEFL or IELTS exam. The test must be taken no more than two years before the intended quarter of entry. (If you are applying for fall 2017 entry, test scores must be no older than September 2014.) For the TOEFL, you must score 600 or higher on the paper-based test, 250 or higher on the computer-based test, 100 or higher on the internet based test. For the IELTS, you must receive a score of 7.0 or higher.
  • Providing official transcripts verifying an undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year institution or equivalent, where the language of instruction is English.
  • Providing official transcripts verifying a graduate degree from an accredited institution where the language of instruction is English.

TOEFL requirements of the Graduate School

6. Supplemental Materials – All material, such as publications or awards can be uploaded electronically