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Covid-19 Graduate Admissions Policy Statement

March 26, 2020

In response to the challenges of teaching, learning, and assessing academic performance during the global COVID-19 pandemic, MIT has adopted the following principle: MIT’s admissions committees and offices for graduate and professional schools will take the significant disruptions of the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020 into account when reviewing students’ transcripts and other admissions materials as part of their regular practice of performing individualized, holistic reviews of each applicant.

In particular, as we review applications now and in the future, we will respect decisions regarding the adoption of Pass/No Record (or Credit/No Credit or Pass/Fail) and other grading options during the unprecedented period of COVID-19 disruptions, whether those decisions were made by institutions or by individual students. We also expect that the individual experiences of applicants will richly inform applications and, as such, they will be considered with the entirety of a student’s record.

Ultimately, even in these challenging times, our goal remains to form graduate student cohorts that are collectively excellent and composed of outstanding individuals who will challenge and support one another.

Questions or concerns about this statement should be directed to the academic department or program to which the prospective student has applied.

GRE Update for Fall 2023 Admissions Cycle

June 16, 2022

In recognition of the significant disruption caused by Covid-19, specifically due to the limited accessibility of tests and testing sites/dates, MIT Department of Chemistry will not be accepting GRE scores for applications during the Fall 2023 admissions cycle. We believe that this is necessary in order to avoid inadvertently privileging applicants who have easier access to test sites than others. All applications will be given full consideration without reference to GRE scores; this includes both the general test and Chemistry subject test scores. A decision has not yet been made about the GRE for admissions beyond the Fall 2023 cycle.

Fee Waivers (Domestic Applicants Only)

April 6, 2021

We offer application fee waivers to domestic applicants who meet our requirements. For further information please visit the Application Fee Waiver section. Unfortunately, the Chemistry Department 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.

Application Requirements

You must submit your application via the Online Application. Paper applications are not accepted by the Department of Chemistry. The application deadline for Fall 2022 admissions has now passed and applications are closed. The application for Fall 2023 admissions will open on September 15, 2022. 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.


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 underrepresented groups – 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 2022 admissions cycle are now closed. Please check back in September 2022 for CAMP applications for the Fall 2023 admissions cycle.