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Department of Chemistry
Graduate Admissions Information

How To Apply

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What we look 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

Application Target Dates

Semester of Matriculation Application Target Dates *
Fall January 15
Spring November 1

*These dates are not deadlines, but if you apply by these dates, we guarantee to fully consider your application. Applications completed by these dates will normally receive decisions by mid-March for starting at ESF in the Fall semester and by early December for starting in the Spring semester.

For International Students

Students from countries outside of the U.S. are required to submit evidence of English proficiency skills as detailed at: Admission Information for International Students.

After a student has been officially admitted to the ESF, they will also need to provide documentation of adequate financial support for one year of expenses at ESF. Review here for cost estimates: Estimated International Student Annual Expenses. A typical (20-hour per week) Research or Teaching Assistantship may meet this requirement, in which case you may not need additional documentation.

Upon submission of the financial evidence, the Office of International Education will issue an I-20. For more questions about visas or other immigration-related concerns, email

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Contact Information

Chemistry Department
Jahn Laboratory
Syracuse, NY 13210

Graduate Office
315-470-6978 (fax)
227 Bray Hall
Syracuse, NY 13210

Office of International Education
9A Old Greenhouse
Syracuse, NY 13210