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Admission & Financial Aid


We usually admit graduate students with degrees in chemistry and biochemistry. Students from other disciplines (physics, biology, etc.) with strong chemistry emphasis are also encouraged to apply.

We require:

International students and students who do not speak English natively.

  • International students who do not hold a chemistry degree from an accredited university must submit their Advanced (Chemistry) GRE scores.
  • Students whose native language is not English must submit recent TOEFL scores or have received a college degree in the United States. A minimum score of 550 is required for admission and for a teaching assistantship.


While there is no formal application deadline, applicants are encouraged to submit and complete their applications early to place themselves in the best position for consideration for assistantships. Applications from international students for the fall semester will only be considered if they have been completed by May 1 (November 1 for spring semester). International applications completed after those dates will be considered for the following semester.

The Chemistry Graduate Programs Committee will consider an applicant for admission and an assistantship only when the application is complete. The applicant will be notified of the decision as soon as possible. Nevertheless, it is important to remember that the Chemistry Graduate Programs Committee can only consider an application when all application materials have been submitted.

Getting application materials

You may apply online or download application materials through the Graduate Admissions website

If you need materials or further information sent to you, please email your request to or send a letter to:

Graduate Admissions Office 
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
285 Old Westport Road
North Dartmouth, MA 02747

Please send application materials to the Graduate Admission Office.

It is the policy of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth not to discriminate against any applicant for admission or employment or against any employee or in any educational programs on the basis of race, religion, national origin, age, veteran status, handicap, sex, or sexual orientation.

Financial Aid

The Department normally provides support for the qualified student. Assistantships; however, these are limited. Therefore, persons interested in such support are encouraged to apply early. Teaching assistantships carry stipends for nine academic months and a tuition credit. Students making satisfactory progress toward the degree are eligible for teaching assistantship support for up to five semesters in the Master's program and up to twelve semesters in one of the doctoral programs.

An additional summer research fellowship may be awarded to students in good standing who are working on a research thesis. Students may be supported by Research Assistantships by faculty members holding research grants.

A student holding an assistantship must be registered for 9 credits per semester. A Teaching Assistant is expected to assist faculty in teaching, on the average, for 15-20 hours per week. This may involve 2-3 laboratory sections, grading, laboratory preparation, meeting with students, and staff meetings.

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