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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry


Application Information

Send your application materials directly to our department, and we'll confirm your eligibility and recommend your admission to The Graduate School.

Letters of Recommendation

Please submit two or three letters of recommendation from chemistry faculty that are familiar with your academic work.  If you have done a research project, your supervisor's letter is especially useful.  Print copies of this form for use by the professors you select to send recommendations.  Please have the recommenders send or email the letters to our Graduate Student Services Program Coordinator.  The contact information can be found in the "Please send all requested materials to" section.

 

GRE Scores

Please submit your GRE scores to our department.  The GRE verbal score should be a minimum of 151 and the combined verbal and quantitative scores should be 300.  We will accept either official scores sent to us by the testing agency or copies of the scores that you received.  Copies are appreciated and will speed the application process.  If you are accepted by the department, The Graduate School will require official GRE scores from all applicants, sent directly from ETS.

If you ask the testing agency to send your scores, please have them sent to:

The Graduate School
University of South Carolina
901 Sumter Street
Suite 304

Columbia, SC 29208
The code for having scores sent to USC is 5818.

If you are submitting copies of your GRE scores, please send them to our department.

For further information about the GRE such as test dates, practice tests, score reporting, and so forth, see www.ets.org/gre.

You may submit copies of transcripts from each university or college that you have attended.

If you are admitted to the graduate program in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, you will be asked to provide a final transcript indicating degree completion. That transcript is to be sent to The Graduate School.

 

Preliminary Application

For all students to be considered for admissions and financial support, please fill out our preliminary application.  International students continue below.

 

International Applicants

If you are an international applicant from a country whose primary language is not English, you must take the TOEFL.  The minimum, acceptable score is an 88 IBT.  The University of South Carolina requires a score of at least 570 paper-based / 230 computer-based for admission to the university. The admissions committee likes to see a total score of 100 and above, and a speaking sub score of 24 and above.  If you have a degree from an American college or university, the TOEFL is not required.  The department will also accept the IELTS.  The minimum score is a 7.  We will accept either official scores sent to us by the testing agency or copies of the scores that you received.  Copies are appreciated and will speed the application process.  If you are accepted into the department, The Graduate School will require official TOEFL scores sent directly from ETS.

If you ask the testing agency to send your scores, please have them sent to:

The Graduate School
University of South Carolina
901 Sumter Street
Suite 304

Columbia, SC 29208
The code for having scores sent to USC is 5818.

If you are submitting copies of your TOEFL scores, please send those to our department.  For further information about the TOEFL, see www.ets.org/toefl.

 

What's Next?

Once you have applied for admission to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, nothing more is required of you.  The graduate admissions committee will inform you of their decision generally by April 15 via email and physical mail.  For applications submitted after April 15, decisions will be sent to you by email and physical mail as soon as they are made.  If you have any questions regarding the status of your application contact chemgrad@mailbox.sc.edu or 800-868-7588.