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Department of Chemistry: Graduate Admissions Information, Applications & Instructions

The ESF Graduate School

All graduate chemistry applications are handled through the Graduate School.

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The Graduate School
1 Forestry Drive  Syracuse, NY 13210


What the Department of Chemistry looks for in applicants:

  • interest in our areas of specialization
  • a strong background in chemistry, including at least one course in analytical chemistry and one in physical chemistry
  • ability to succeed in research as indicated by:
    • academic ability
    • energy and intellectual independence
    • previous research experience, including presentations and/or publications

How To Apply

If you want more information about the graduate program in Chemistry, contact Dr. Huiting Mao at
                   Apply Online                 Application Information

Financial Support

Candidates interested in graduate program in Chemistry at the SUNY ESF must complete the online application for admissions. We cover the cost of tuition and offer stipends of up to $25,000 per year to qualified applicants, both domestic and international.


Graduate Admissions Timeline

Semester of Matriculation Application Target Dates *
Fall January 15
Spring November 1
*Applications completed by these deadlines by these dates will normally receive decisions by mid-March for fall matriculation and by early December for spring matriculation.


Awards for Graduate Students

Each year, the Chemistry Department awards about $30,000 in fellowships, scholarships, and prizes to graduate students to support their research. This includes support for one graduate student for a semester to devote themself to research. We also recognize Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistants and an Outstanding First-Year Graduate Student.


For International Students

We welcome International students! Students from countries outside of the U.S. are required to submit additional forms to verify English proficiency skills and provide evidence of financial support for the duration of their studies:

An I-20 (required for the F-1 student visa application process) will be issued only after a student has been officially admitted to the college; provides proof of adequate financial support documentation for one year of expenses at ESF; and submits the Commitment to Enroll Form (included in the acceptance materials) indicating that s/he will attend ESF in the upcoming semester.


To request information about graduate programs at ESF, please  look at the web pages for the Office of Instruction & Graduate Studies.

Contact Information
One Forestry Drive, 227 Bray Hall
Syracuse, NY 13210