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BYU Department of Chemistry Graduate Application Form

Thank you for your interest in becoming a chemistry graduate student here at BYU! We are excited to help your graduate experience be as fulfilling as possible. 

The deadline for fall 2021 application is January 5, 2021. Applications opened in September 2020.

General Information

The BYU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has an extensive tradition of graduate scholarship. Graduate scholars often go on to be top-achievers in their fields, with international connections and influence. Read on for information about applying to BYU and specifically the Department as a graduate student. 

Contact Information: 

  1. Graduate Studies Secretary (Main Office)
    1. via phone call: 801-422-9794
    2. via email: chemgradsec@chem.byu.edu
  2. Amy Royer, Graduate Admissions, M.S., and Ph.D. Advisement
    1. via phone call: 801-422-4845
    2. via email: amy@chem.byu.edu 
  3. BYU Graduate Studies Information Request 

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Click here for an introduction to BYU graduate studies. View the video below for an introduction to the Chemistry Department graduate program. Click here for student testimonials about their time in the program.

Pre-Application Items 

BYU graduate student applications are generally accepted between September 1st and  January 5th. The Chemistry Department application includes transcripts, standardized test scores, letters of recommendation, a statement of intent, a video interview, an ecclesiastical endorsement, and an application fee of $50.

Prospective Chemistry Department graduate student applicants are strongly encouraged to major in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, molecular biology, or a similar field. If you major in something less relevant, like pharmacy or nutritional science, you will be required to take a class in one of the following areas.

Applicants should have a GPA greater than 3.0. The GPA of accepted students usually falls between 3.4 and 4.0. Further, applicants should take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (GREs in chemistry or biochemistry being recommended) and submit their score to BYU (institution code being 4019). Most admitted students score over 300 within 5 years of application to BYU. Applicants who received undergraduate degrees in nations where English is not the primary language should meet BYU English proficiency requirements as listed here. Results for these tests must be less than two years old at the time of the student's first semester.

Prospective graduate applicants should also make an effort to befriend their current chemistry and science professors and conduct as much research with them as possible, for letters of recommendation from academic contacts are weighted more heavily than letters from other sources. 

Finally, prospective students should be aware of the Honor Code. BYU undergraduates and graduates alike must strive to maintain campus morality, although students need not be members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Click here for detailed application instructions for the BYU Chemistry Department graduate program.

Post-Admission Items

After being admitted to the BYU graduate program, students must consider academics as well logistics.

  1. Proficiency Exams
    • To the academic end, newly admitted Chemistry Department graduate students must take pass/fail proficiency exams in five areas: analytical, biochemical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry.  These exams try to encourage graduate students to review, strengthen, and broaden their knowledge of chemistry. Demonstrating proficiency allows students to proceed directly to studies in their field of interest.
  2. Financial Support
    • To the logistical end, students must consider finances. Graduate student financial support includes tuition and a teaching or research assistantship.
    • TuitionAll graduate students are provided full tuition support for degree-related coursework at the university required for a Masters (MS degree) (30 hours) or Doctoral (PhD degree) (54 hours). Tuition is paid for course and research credits from the graduate student's program of study as long as the student is making satisfactory progress in his/her degree program.
    • Assistantships: For the 2020-2021 academic school year, the financial assistance for our chemistry and biochemistry graduate students is $26,000 for a full year of work (absences greater than two weeks may result in lower compensation). Graduate students making normal progress toward their degrees are guaranteed assistantships for the 4-5.5 years usually needed to complete a PhD degree or for the 2-2.5 years usually needed to complete a MS degree.
      • Students in teaching assistantships participate in teaching-related assignments including: teaching a course, overseeing student laboratories, grading coursework, or responsible for a departmental instrument. Most graduate students are required to take two semesters' worth of teaching responsibilities; most graduate students complete their teaching assistantships during their first two years of graduate school, while they themselves take classes.
      • Students working in labs may take on research assistantships if they wish to carry out degree-related research while receiving financial aid. Most research assistantships are provided for by faculty members who have received external funding. Graduate students may therefore receive partial or full financial support, depending on the size of the grant. What research assistantships do not financially provide for, teaching assistantships may make up the difference. Some research assistantships are available only via merit.
  3. Housing
    • Living expenses are moderate to low in Provo, Utah, and its neighboring towns. As a result, the Chemistry Department graduate student stipend provides for a comfortable lifestyle, especially for unattached students. Students with families may manage with only their annual stipend if their family is small and financially prudent. 
    • Click here for BYU on-campus and off-campus housing information.
    • Click here and here for information on private Provo rentals.

 To access FAQ about graduate studies admissions, click here.

Last updated 1 September 2020