Application Process

Applying to Graduate School

During the active admissions cycle you must submit your application via the Online Application. Applications for Fall 2024 admissions are now closed. Applications for Fall 2025 will open on September 15, 2024 and the application deadline is December 1, 2024. Please see below for helpful information about our application requirements. Since offers of admission are made continuously after the application deadline, all of your materials must be submitted by the application deadline. This includes letters of recommendation and all official test scores.

Note: Many questions are answered in our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section. Prior to contacting the MIT Department of Chemistry (, please take the time to review our FAQ page.

Requests for fee waivers are coordinated centrally by the Office of Graduate Education. For further information, including the eligibility requirements for fee waivers, please visit the Application Fee Waiver section of their web site. The waiver request must be submitted at least five business days before the December 1st application deadline.  The Department of Chemistry can only waive the $75 application fee for international applicants if they have already applied and paid an application fee for another PhD program at MIT in the same admission cycle. All other inquires about fee waivers should be directed to the Office of Graduate Education.

For more detailed information regarding the cost of attendance, including specific costs for tuition and fees, books and supplies, housing and food as well as transportation, please visit the Student Financial Services (SFS) website.

The Department of Chemistry does not provide application updates via email. All updates will be posted in the application portal.

Completing and Submitting the Application: Information for all applicants


Additional Information for International Applicants


Chemistry Application Mentor Program

CAMP is a volunteer-based, student-run program that provides assistance to Chemistry Applicants. CAMP is intended to assist applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds – including but not limited to: groups underrepresented in the STEM field, first generation PhD applicants, and applicants from non-traditional academic backgrounds. CAMP Applications for the Fall 2024 admissions cycle are closed.