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PhD Chemistry

 Course Level
PhD
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
5 Years
 Start month
September

 Tuition fee

International
26502 USD
National
12266 USD

Application fee

International 0 USD
National 0 USD
Department
Department of Chemistry
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)104
TOEFL-PBT (min)607
GRE (avg)330
GMAT (avg)659

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About this course

The Department of Chemistry offers several degree options, as well as a certificate option. Our PhD degree allows students to focus their research in either one of our four principal areas, or in one of our several interdisciplinary areas.

 

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Eligibility Criteria

Minimum requirements for admisson

  • All applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit the results of the TOEFL or IELTS as evidence of English proficiency.
  • Official scores are required to be submitted directly from TOEFL/ETS or IELTS (please see instructions below for Submitting Official Scores regarding our institution code and program number).
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores must be less than two years old from the first day of class at the proposed term of entry in order to be valid.
  • Important, please note: Individual academic programs may require a higher score, or evidence of spoken English language proficiency; contact your proposed program of study office for the minimum TOEFL, TSE, or IELTS requirement for admission.

Test information and instructions for requesting official scores
TOEFL (Test of english as a foreign language)
Website: www.toefl.org

TOEFL Services at Educational Testing Service (ETS):

Requesting Official Scores: Applicants who have already taken the TOEFL should request the Educational Testing Service send scores to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign using our institution code number 1836.

IELTS (International english language testing system)
IELTS is jointly owned by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL), British Council and IDP Education Australia: IELTS Australia.

Website: www.ielts.org

Requesting Official Scores: Applicants who have already taken the IELTS should upload their score report forms directly to the online application.

Exemptions

 Graduate applicants may be exempt from providing a TOEFL or IELTS score if one of the following criteria is met:Completion of at least two years of post-secondary full-time study, as defined by the home institution, in a country where English is the primary language and at an institution where English is the primary medium of instruction, within five years of the proposed term of initial enrollment at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
OR

Completion of a graduate degree in a country where English is the primary language and at an institution where English is the primary language of instruction, within five years of the proposed term of initial enrollment.

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Course Modules

The requirements for a PhD Degree involve formal course work, seminar presentation, special examinations, teaching, and research leading to the Ph.D. thesis.

Thesis research is the most important aspect of doctoral work. Students generally select a research advisor and begin research during their first year of graduate school. Once admitted as a graduate student in chemistry, a student may choose to work with any faculty member in the School of Chemical Sciences. The size of the department, combined with the great infrastructure for scientific research that exists at the University of Illinois, guarantees that all incoming students will be able to choose a research project congruent with their goals and interests.

Within the Department of Chemistry there are seven areas of study: Analytical, Inorganic,Materials, Organic, Physical, and Theoretical Chemistry, as well as Chemical Biology.

Another interdisciplinary Ph.D. program of interest to chemists is Chemical Physics.

The well-prepared student can satisfy the formal course requirement within one year by taking five courses of graduate credit. The selection of these courses is, to a large extent, an individual matter, with the student's research interests and long-range plans being major factors in determining their selection. Courses both within and outside the department can be chosen.

In addition to the formal courses, students are expected to attend and participate in the departmental seminar program. Participation generally involves presenting a talk on a topic from the chemical literature during the second year of graduate work, as well as a second seminar, which may take a variety of forms.

The preliminary exam is usually completed before the end of the third year and is designed to evaluate the student's research. It involves a written research proposal, a written progress report on the thesis research project, and an oral discussion of a research proposal or the research progress of the student. The final exam, taken when the thesis work is completed, is an oral exam on the thesis project.

Students in the Department of Chemistry participate in teaching as part of the degree program. The department recognizes that teaching can be an effective experience in learning the fundamentals of a field and in developing communication skills. The duties of teaching assistants generally involve conducting laboratory or quiz sections in various undergraduate courses or working as a grader in more advanced courses. Assignment are made in accord with the student's background and interests whenever possible.

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How to Apply

Admissions Requirements
We ask applicants for admission to the MSTC Program to submit the following information to the Chemistry Graduate Admissions Office:

  • A completed application form including an applicant statement
  • Three letters of reference
  • Official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate work
  • Official Graduate Records Examination General test scores

The application deadline is December 14 for the fall semester. Applications are reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Basic requirements for admission to the graduate program in Chemistry are an undergraduate degree with at least 25 semester hours in chemistry and a grade point average of 3.0 (A = 4.0). These hours must include courses in physical chemistry and analytical chemistry. Students admitted to the MSTC Program will be required to take proficiency exams upon arrival to UIUC. Any deficiencies in chemistry background must be corrected in addition to the hours required for the degree.

Your academic record and recommendations must be a strong indicator of your fitness to pursue advanced study in chemistry.

Basic requirements for admission to the graduate program in chemistry are an undergraduate degree with at least 25 semester hours in chemistry (properly distributed) and a grade-point average of 3.0 (A=4.0). Your academic record and recommendations must be a strong indicator of your fitness to pursue advanced study and research in chemistry.

We ask applicants for admission to our graduate program to submit the following information:

  • A completed on-line application form
  • Personal statement
  • Resume
  • Three letters of reference
  • Official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate work (one transcript for each institution attended).
  • Official Graduate Records Examination General test scores
  • Official Graduate Records Examination Chemistry Subject test scores (optional but highlyrecommended)

Contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send official test scores for the Graduate Records Examination. The institution code for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is 1836 and the department code is 0000.
Official English Language Proficiency test scores for applicants whose native language is not English. The requirement can be met one of two ways:Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT)
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

The university requires a minimum score of 24 on the speaking section of the TOEFL iBT or a minimum score of 8 on the speaking section of the IELTS.
We do not require the Declaration and Certification of Finances Form at the time of application. The Chemistry Graduate Admissions Office will contact you if a form is needed.
Please note, for the statement portion of the online application, the Department of Chemistry does not have any program-specific questions.
Transcripts
Applicants must send official transcripts for all completed university course work.  In addition, international students need to send their certification of degree for all completed degree programs.  Please mail all official transcripts and certificates of degree directly to the following address:

Chemistry Graduate Admissions
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
300 A&B Noyes Lab, Box 57-1
600 S. Mathews Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801

Please note that submitting scanned transcripts with the online application does not replace the requirement to submit official transcripts directly to the Chemistry Graduate Admissions Office.  Applicants will not have a "complete" application file until official transcripts are received.

(800)516-0276 (US only)
(217)244-6245

English Proficiency Requirements
Teaching is a requirement in the Chemistry Graduate Program, and there are special requirements for applicants whose native language is not English. The university requires a minimum score of 24 on the speaking section of the Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) or a minimum score of 8 on the speaking section of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Any applicant whose native language is not English is required to provide TOEFL iBT or IELTS scores in order to receive full consideration for admission and financial aid. Exemption from the TOEFL does not give exemption from the speaking section of the TOEFL iBT, or the speaking section of the IELTS.

Our average departmental TOEFL score is above a 105 for the TOEFL iBT (620 paper-based test and 260 computer-based test). The minimum departmental IELTS overall score is a 7 (with no score on any sub-section less than 6, except for speaking sub-score which must be at least 8).TOEFL or IELTS scores must be less than 2 years old from the first day of class at the proposed term of entry in order to be valid.

Areas of Study
Within the Department of Chemistry areas of study include analytical, chemical biology, chemical physics, inorganic, materials, organic, and physical chemistry. Applications for those interested in pursuing a Master's degree are not encouraged except for the Master's Program in the Teaching of Chemistry and the Joint Degree Program in Chemistry.

Master's Program in the Teaching of Chemistry
Applicants interested in the Master's Program in the Teaching of Chemistry are expected to have a valid teaching certificate in addition to the usual undergraduate background in chemistry. Those who do not have a valid teaching certificate should plan to spend an additional year in the program for student teaching and to take other courses required for the certificate.

Transfer Students
Students who are currently enrolled in other graduate programs must complete a degree before being considered for admission to our program. Only under exceptional circumstances might students be admitted without a degree from their current institution. In all cases, we require a statement from the applicant detailing the situation and a letter from the applicant's research advisor or department head.

Graduate Application Fee
The application fee for US citizens and permanent residents is $70.00 and $90.00 for all other applicants. The application fee must be paid by credit card at the time the on-line application is submitted. Application fees are non-refundable. This fee may be waived in some instances as described in more detail at the Graduate College website

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