Chemistry and Biochemistry

The Application Process

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 encourage all qualified international students to apply to our graduate programs. Your application will be given personal attention and fair consideration. Please visit for the online application.

Chemistry and Biochemistry Department

Application Deadline

Application Fee

Application Helps

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Application Deadline

The application deadline for Fall is January 5 for those desiring fellowship consideration. While we do review applications which are submitted after that date, applicants who meet the deadline have a higher possibility of being admitted. Late submissions are considered as we have openings in our programs.



Application Fee

The application fee of $50 should be paid online. International applicants to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry are encouraged to contact me (, with regard to application fees, particularly about the credential evaluation requirement. Our general requirement is that all applicants should pay the $50 application fee. Our department process regarding the credential evaluation is different from that of the university. We do not require our applicants to apply for the credential evaluation until we make an initial admission decision. Then, if we decide we want to admit the student, we will ask you to send the official transcripts to be evaluated, and our department will pay for the credential evaluation ourselves. You may send for and pay for your credential evaluation yourself, but it is not necessary.


Application Helps

Most of the data requests on the application are self-explanatory. Here are a few notes to ensure completion and accuracy:


Personal Information section
Religious Affiliation: This section asks for your religious affiliation. If you are not a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), list your religious affiliation (or if you belong to no church, so indicate). Leave the other items for this section blank unless you are a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS).


Program Information section
Professor and Research: IMPORTANT--Please note your research interest as either Analytical, Biochemistry, Inorganic, Organic, Physical, Other (specify) or Unknown.


Financial Assistance: Check the "I intend to apply for financial assistance" box unless you have other sources of support. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry automatically grants tuition coverage to each new student for all required graduate courses. In addition, 20 hour/week teaching and/or research assistantships are guaranteed with an annual stipend of $25,000 (Fall 2017), payable in two-week installments. To give you an idea of your own expenses: books and supplies for 2 semesters are about $900; room and board for 1 year is about $6,500/single - $11,300/married; miscellaneous personal expenses for 1 full year are about $3,000. An additional scholarship is also provided to each graduate student to assist with personal/ family expenses.

If you wish to apply for admission without requesting financial assistance, please discuss your situation fully in the Statement of Intent.


Test Scores section
Fill in all applicable blanks provided for GRE, TOEFL, IELTS and TWE scores.


GRE Scores: Results of the GRE General exam are required in order to be considered for admission and must be submitted by the appropriate deadlines.


Other Test Scores: The GRE Subject (Chemistry or Biochemistry) exam is recommended as excellent support to your application, but is not required. If you did take it, write "GRE Chemistry” (or “Biochemistry”) and input your score total and percentile. We appreciate this complete unofficial information, however, you need to order your official scores to be sent directly to Brigham Young University by ETS (Educational Testing Service, code 4019).


English Proficiency Test Scores: Proficiency in English is essential. If you are a citizen of or have received a bachelor's degree within the last two years from the U.S., U.K., Republic of Ireland, Australia, Canada, or New Zealand, then you do not need to take the TOEFL. All other applicants must take the TOEFL or IELTS. You must arrange for testing services to provide Graduate Studies with a current TOEFL or IELTS score report that will not be more than two years old by the first day of classes. Photocopies are helpful for evaluation, however admission will not be granted until official scores have been received. Completed applications with official score reports will be reviewed before completed applications with unofficial score reports. The university iBT TOEFL score accepted by BYU is at least 85 with a minimum of 22 in the speaking area and 21 in the all other areas (580 PBT). The minimum acceptable IELTS score is an overall band score of 7.0 (minimum band score of 6.0 in each module). BYU does not waive this language proficiency requirement. We do not require the TSE exam.


Statement of Intent
We emphasize the importance of this statement and ask you to be as specific as possible in discussing (1) your research interests and how they are related to research now being done at BYU, (2) your career plans and goals after you finish your graduate program, (3) your reasons for wanting to attend graduate school at BYU instead of another university, and (4) any special explanations that you might wish to make about your preparation for graduate work.


Financial Certification Form

This form may be left blank. If you are admitted, we will notify Graduate Studies of the financial support we will provide you (as stated above).


Honor Code section
If you are a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), you should arrange an interview with the bishop of the ward in which you live and that holds your current Church membership record. If you are not a member of the LDS Church, you may obtain an interview from an ecclesiastical (religious) leader of your choice, including an LDS bishop or branch president if you wish. If you live outside the US and do not have a religious leader, please contact an international admissions specialist at They will help you arrange a telephone interview with our campus chaplain. Please carefully read the BYU Honor Code prior to your interview. If you prefer to locate an official of the Church, please follow directions listed under “Application Interview” or call Graduate Studies for assistance, (801) 422-4091. As a student, you will also have an annual interview with a leader of the LDS Church, the campus chaplain or your own local clergy member to ensure compliance with the Honor Code.



Contact Us

Amy Royer, Graduate Program Administrator

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Brigham Young University


Provo, UT 84602






Approximately three weeks after we receive your application, Graduate Studies will issue a letter stating the items that have arrived and what is missing. You can check the status of your application online at:




Upload unofficial copies of all transcripts to your application.  Official transcripts will be required after recommendation for admission.  Expediency in having the official transcripts sent to BYU* upon notice of being recommended for admission is important. Admission will not be complete until official transcripts are received and verified.

* In the case of international applicants: official transcripts and other documentation should be sent as directed to IERF. Transcripts should be in the native language and accompanied by an official English translation unless the university issues transcripts in English only. The translation into English must be literal, not interpretive. Transcripts must bear official, not photocopied, signatures, seals or stamps. For an accurate evaluation of your unofficial transcript, it is helpful to have a grading scale with the transcript. The degree must be at least the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree (a four-or five-year degree program) and must be completed before you begin your graduate program.  

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Application Instructions

BYU Department of Chemistry Graduate Application Form

The BYU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry graduate program application requires seven components in addition to an application fee of $50.

  1. Ecclesiastical Endorsement
  2. Grade Transcripts
  3. Standardized Test Scores
  4. 3 Letters of Recommendation
  5. Statement of Intent
    • In writing the Statement of Intent, do not follow the instructions provided by the application form. Instead, submit a single-page, double-spaced document addressing the following questions.
      1. What are your research interests and how do they relate to current research efforts at the BYU Chemistry Department?
      2. What experiences have most strongly impacted your life, and how?
      3. Why do you wish to attend BYU for graduate school instead of any other university?
      4. What are your career plans and goals after you complete graduate studies?
  6. Lab Choices
    • You must provide the names of three Department faculty members whose labs you are interested in joining. Think carefully about your selections, for your selections are carefully considered in the admissions process and can potentially shape your experience in the graduate program.
  7. Video Interview
    • After submitting your text application, you will receive an email with detailed instructions about a video interview. The Department uses a company known as RIVS to collect the video interview. Graduate program applications will not be considered by the Department until the RIVS interview is completed.

Thank you for your interest. Go Cougars!

Last updated 10 August 2020