Graduate Admissions & Aid

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Being in the heart of Washington, D.C., means GW Chemistry students have unparalleled access to career-changing opportunities in governmental agencies, national laboratories, institutes and NGOs. On campus, graduate students enjoy the very best in lab research, technological tools and instruction for a balanced, personalized education.



How to Apply

Applicants to our MS and PhD programs must have completed the GRE test (waived for students with an MD, JD or PhD) and hold a bachelor’s degree in science or engineering that includes a background in the fundamental areas of chemistry. At a minimum, candidates must have completed

  • Two semesters of general chemistry
  • Two semesters of organic or inorganic chemistry
  • One semester of quantitative and/or instrumental analysis (recommended)

View Complete Requirements

Application Deadlines

  • Spring Admissions: October 1 (MS and PhD programs)
  • Fall Admissions: April 1 (MS programs), January 15 (PhD program)

Online Pre-application Form for Qualified Domestic Students

If you are a student who (1) has received or expect to receive a degree in chemistry from a four-year college in the United States, (2) has a 3.0 or higher GPA and (3) has taken the GRE examination, we want to hear from you!  Please complete our simple online form. We will contact you soon with information about our department and application details. Application fees can be waived for selected applicants.


"It was an easy decision. The atmosphere, the people, the discoveries ... the opportunities open for me. I can’t find this anywhere else."

Sylwia Stopka

MA ’17, PhD ’18
Vertes Research Team

Funding Resources

Graduate tuition is charged per credit hour. For detailed cost information, visit the Student Accounts Office website.