• Graduate Program


Graduate Application Process


All Applications Require:

GRE scores must be sent directly by ETS.  The General GRE is required, the Chemistry GRE is recommended.

Official transcripts must be mailed directly to Jason Pfeffer (address below)

Three letters of recommendation (PDF format) need to be sent directly via email by the letter writer to Jason Pfeffer (address below)

Statement of Goals, including your area of interest: (analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic, physical, etc.). Please indicate in the statement of goals your specific area(s) of interest (i.e. analytical chemistry, biochemistry and bioorganic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, materials/nanoscience, physical chemistry, photonics, etc.). It is useful if you can identify faculty whose research is of special interest to you.

Resume needs to include your contact information (phone and email)


International Applications Require in Addition:

TOEFL test results unless your Bachelors degree was obtained in the United States

Certified degree certificates with your official transcripts. 

Transcripts must be sealed by the registrar/controller of examinations, or evaluated by World Education Services (www.wes.org)

To apply to the program there are two options:

The preferred method is to use our on-line application

Alternatively, you can fill out the PDF Application and mail hard copies to:          


Jason Pfeffer,

Temple University

1803 North Broad Street

400 Carnell Hall

Philadelphia, PA 19122

Email:  jpfeffer@temple.edu


Application Fee Waiver


Exceptional students can request a fee waiver.  See below.


The Chemistry Department may consider an application fee waiver for strong candidates.  If you wish to be considered for a waiver DO NOT submit your application online as Temple University will not reimburse the application fee.  Submit the following electronic forms electronically to chemgrad@temple.edu.


Please Include

  • A brief note indicating your request for consideration for an application fee waiver.
  • A completed application form (PDF) downloaded
  • A Statement of Goals (guidelines given above).
  • A current resume.
  • A copy of your GRE/TOEFL scores and transcripts.  Unofficial copies are sufficient for fee waiver evaluation.
  • Applicants for fee wavers should have a GPA of at least 3.25.

Additional Information

Applications are reviewed continuously. The application due dates are September 15 for the Spring (August 1 for international

students), and January 15 for the Fall (January 1 for international students).  We will consider applications of exceptional candidates after these due dates.


Details regarding the graduate program at Temple University, and how to apply, can be found at the Graduate School's website (www.temple.edu/grad/admissions), along with guidelines for international students (www.temple.edu/grad/admissions/international.htm).


TOEFL scores need to be at least 575 paper-based, 230 computer-based, or 88 internet based.


Full-time Ph.D. students admitted to the graduate program will be supported by a Teaching Assistantship or Research Assistantship.  Part-time and MA students may be granted an assistantship based on availability, but this is not guaranteed. Keep in mind it is not necessary to get your Master's degree prior to getting your Ph.D. The average Teaching Assistant stipend for full-time students admitted to the Ph.D. program in the years 2015-2016 is $26,000 for 12 months, and includes health insurance and full tuition remission.

University fellowships and Dean Scholarships, offering substantially greater stipends are available for exceptionally qualified candidates.

Undergraduate Application Process