International Student Information
International students have long played an important role in our graduate program. They currently represent about 16 countries from all over the world and compose approximately of 46% of the total graduate student body in our department.
All students, domestic and international, are guaranteed to receive full financial support through our annual stipend($25,000), program tuition paid in full, and an additional needs-based scholarship for the students and through teaching and research assistantships as long as they are in good standing.
The Provo/Orem area has been ranked as one of the "Best Places to Live in America" based on the quality of health care, low crime rate, economy, housing, education, transportation, weather, leisure activities, and the arts. It provides students a safe and family-oriented environment with an abundance of cultural and recreational attractions. International students are often pleasantly surprised with the remarkably friendly atmosphere at BYU and in the surrounding communities. It is also noteworthy that BYU has an exceptionally large number of students who are fluent in second languages. In fact, 75 percent of our students speak a second language.
We always encourage qualified international students to apply to our graduate programs. Your application will be given personal attention and fair consideration. Most application materials should be directed to Graduate Studies at BYU. Please visit http://graduatestudies.byu.edu/apply-now for the online application.
- After September 1, 2017, submit your complete application by January 15, 2018 (our preferred deadline is January 5) . A complete application contains all unofficial transcripts, letters of recommendation, a statement of intent, ecclesiastical endorsement, and application fee ($50) paid in full. Send scanned transcripts to our assistant graduate coordinator at : Kari@chem.byu.edu.
- Hold the equivalent of a 4-year US accredited baccalaureate degree in chemistry or biochemistry (or a closely related field).
- Submit official degree certificate(s) to the department for each college degree earned. (Unnecessary if degree is posted on transcript or is currently in process toward completion.)
- The university requires a credential evaluation for all international applicants. Due to the high expense for this service, this department prefers to review all transcripts before submitting them for official evaluation. Thus, credential evaluation applications will be submitted only after positive admission decisions have been made. These evaluations will be paid for by the department. The applicant will send official transcripts and documentation to IERF in order to complete the evaluation.
- Agree to maintain university standards of personal conduct. Membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not required.
- TOEFL (iBT) score of > 85 (22 in speaking; 21 in other areas). TOEFL must be < 2 years old. IELTS overall score of 7.0 is also acceptable. (This is waived for international students with degrees from universities in the United States and most other countries where English is the primary language.)
- Financial Certification forms (I-1 and I-2). All financial certification forms will be submitted to Graduate Studies by the department after a student is admitted. The applicant may just leave the forms blank.
- All non-English transcripts and degrees must be accompanied by official English translations.
Chemistry and Biochemistry Department
- Take the GRE and have ETS submit the score to BYU (average score of admitted students is 314). GRE must be < 5 years old.
- The GRE Subject exam is recommended, but not required.
- Earn an undergraduate GPA > 3.0/4.0 (the average for those admitted is 3.4/4.0)
Last updated 8 August 2018