Admission Process

We are now accepting applications for Fall 2023 admission to our graduate programs! Admission deadline is January 4, 2023. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Application requires the completion of an on-line application at the University of Maryland Graduate School Portal (Fee for the application is $75)

Our Programs are listed under the Computer/Math/Natural Science (CMNS) section.
The Program Code for Biochemistry graduate programs is BCHM
The Program Code for Chemistry graduate programs is CHEM


Materials For Application

  • Statement of Purpose (Include your interest in specific research groups)
  • Transcript(s)
  • Letters of Recommendation (three)
  • CV/Resume
  • TOEFL/IELTS/PTE (international graduate students)
  • Publications (if available, not required)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Subject (optional)

Review Of Applications

The Chemistry & Biochemistry Graduate Admissions Committee, consisting of eight faculty members, reviews all applications to the Chemistry and Biochemistry graduate programs and makes all admissions decisions.  The Committee reviews applications on a rolling basis beginning December 1. Each application is given a holistic review by at least four faculty members. Admission is highly selective. Highly motivated students with strong records of accomplishment (academic and research) in chemistry, biochemistry, or a closely related discipline are sought. Undergraduate research or relevant work/laboratory experience is viewed very positively. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to peruse our Research Programs and indicate research areas and faculty members that are of specific interest to them in the Statement of Purpose.

Admitted students presently living in the USA are invited to Visit Maryland Day, held on March 12th – 13th, to meet with faculty, current students and staff and tour the Department, University, and surrounding areas. Students who are unable to attend Visit Maryland Day are encouraged to schedule individual visits. Financial support to travel from locations within the continental United States for these visits is available. At this time, we are unable to provide financial support for international travel for prospective students.

Financial Aspects

Graduate Assistantship

Admission to our PhD programs includes financial provisions to support our PhD students' graduate study. Newly admitted PhD students are generally offered academic-year Teaching Assistantships in combination with summer Research Assistantships for their first year of study. This includes:

  • Tuition Remission (10 credits/semester)
  • Annual Level II stipend, currently $33,917.09
  • Subsidized Health Insurance

Beyond the 1st year of Graduate Study, students who remain in good academic standing are guaranteed continued financial support until PhD completion. Typically, this begins as a combination of TA/RA in the second year (Level II stipend of $33,917.09) and progresses toward full RA once the student advances to PhD candidacy (Level III Stipend $34,581.80).

Students admitted into the Master's program may choose to apply for a Graduate Assistantship to support their graduate study. The assistantships may include working with faculty members and undergraduate students in teaching, research, or administrative environments. For more information about the graduate assistantships, please visit the Graduate School's website.



The department additionally awards a number of merit-based scholarships to entering graduate students and continuing students, with most scholarships in the $2500 – $10,000 range. Many scholarships are awarded at the time of admission, and detailed on the admission letter. A portion of the scholarships are reserved until Maryland Day, allowing prospective students additional opportunities to demonstrate their potential and earn supplemental scholarships.

Additionally, we encourage our Graduate Students to apply for a number of prestigious external (NSF and NIH) and internal (Milligan and University) Fellowships.



Fellowships are awarded by the department, the Graduate School and external organizations. A list of departmental fellowships can be found on the Awards and Fellowship tab. Fellowships from the Graduate School and external organizations can be found on the Graduate School's website here.

Other Visits

Want to learn more about our programs? Interested students are welcome to visit throughout the year. We ask that you give us advance notice of at least two weeks so that we can best plan your visit. To arrange a visit or make other inquiries, please contact:

Graduate Program Office
Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry
University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-21111
Tel. 301-405-1028 | 301-405-7022

For all questions pertaining to graduate admissions, contact the Office for Graduate Studies.