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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Are there minimum requirements for GRE, TOEFL or IELTS scores?

    GRE :
    There is no minimum requirements for GRE scores, but the following scores are considered competitive with other applicants:

    Tests taken prior to August 1, 2011: Verbal + Quantitative ≥ 1100

    Tests taken after August 1, 2011: Verbal + Quantitative ≥ 305

    TOEFL & IELTS: The University of Houston requires all international students to meet the following English proficiency standards:

    TOEFL - Computer-Based Test: 213

    TOEFL - Paper-Based Test: 550 and the writing component ≥ 58.

    TOEFL - Internet-Based Test: 79 and the writing component ≥ 20.

    IELTS: 6.5 and the writing component ≥  6.5.

    For more details regarding English language proficiency requirements, please visit the following website: English Language Proficiency Requirement.
  2. Is there a minimum cumulative GPA requirement?

    Yes - for domestic applicants, your Overall GPA and Chemistry GPA should both be at least 3.0 out of 4.0 (B average).
  3. What is the deadline for application?

    The application deadline is January 15 for domestic students and March 1 for international students. ALL applicants are encouraged to apply early to be eligible for fellowship awards. The graduate admission committee will begin reviewing applications December 15 and continue to the specified deadlines (Jan. 31 or Mar 1).
  4. If I am offered admission to the graduate program, when is the deadline to accept or decline?

    Prospective students will have until April 15 to decide whether to accept or decline admission to our graduate program.
  5. How do you define domestic applicants and international applicants?

    Domestic applicants are US citizens or permanent residents.  All others are international.
  6. What about financial assistance?

    All Ph.D. students admitted into the Graduate Program in the Department of Chemistry are automatically given a Teaching Assistantship for the first year.  The monthly stipend for this assistantship is approximately $2,000.  After the first year, students who are eligible for employment and with good academic standing in our program will continue to receive Teaching Assistantship or Research Assistantship.  There is no need to apply for financial aid after you are admitted to the graduate program.
  7. How many students are admitted each year into the Graduate Program in the Department of Chemistry?

    This number varies from year to year, but typically the entering graduate class is 30-40 students.
  8. What are my chances of being accepted into the Graduate Program in the Department of Chemistry?

    Each application is examined individually with respect to the other applicants.
  9. I have not taken / do not have my GRE and/or TOEFL scores yet.  Can I still apply?

    Yes, but you must take the required exams and arrange for ETS to send us the scores directly.  We will not decide on your application until we receive your scores.
  10. What about the application fee?

    There is no application fee for domestic applicants.  The application fee is $75 for international applicants.  You can pay with major credit cards. The application fee must be received prior to an admission decision release.
  11. What criteria are used to admit students?

    The student's grades, recommendation letters, GRE and TOEFL scores, and personal statement are all considered.
  12. Is the TSE, Test of Spoken English, score required?

    No.  The TSE score is not required.
  13. Is the GRE Chemistry Subject Test required?

    No. Taking the GRE Chemistry or Physics Subject Test is strongly recommended, but it is not required.
  14. Can I apply for the Spring semester?

    No.  The Department of Chemistry no longer admits students in the spring semester.  All graduate students must start in the fall semesters (mid-August).
  15. Will contacting individual faculty members help me get admitted?

    No.  ALL admission decisions are made by Graduate Admissions Committee and not by individual faculty members.
  16. When do I choose my research advisor?

    If you are admitted, you have until the beginning of your second semester (end of January) to choose a research advisor.  Thus, you will have nearly five (5) months after arriving at the University of Houston to choose a research advisor.
  17. Where do I find my myUH ID number?

    Once you are admitted, you will receive an e-mail from the University within 48 hours with your myUH id number and instructions to retrieve a password. Please also check your Junk Mail box if you do not receive this e-mail.  This system generated e-mail is often miss-labeled as a junk mail.
  18. Can I apply for the M.S. degree program?

    Yes.  We offer a Non-Thesis M.S. program (M.S. Plan II) that requires 36 credit hours of pre-approved coursework to earn the degree.  We do not provide any type of financial support to M.S. degree objective students.  Our program is designed for students pursuing a Ph.D. degree.  
  19. Can you tell me why I was not accepted?

    Due to the large number of applications, we cannot provide unsuccessful applicants a specific reason why they have not been accepted.
  20. When should I upload my required documents?

    Required documents should be uploaded at the same time of completing an online application.  A good suggestion is to gather all your documents in PDF format prior to the application process.
  21. What should I do when receiving a notification about missing documents?

    Go to your application account (if time allows) and upload all missing items.  Once completed, send a message to the department notifying us of completion. List all completed items in the email message.
  22. How do I know the status of my application?

    A decision will be posted on your application account once our committee receives a final approval from our College Dean’s Office.  This process can take time so please be patient. You will also receive an email message regarding the final decision from our Department.  Please be sure that your email address is accurate. Information will not be released via telephone.