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Program Overview:

Degree Offered: MA (30 credits)
Fall Application Deadline: April 1
Spring Application Deadline: November 1*
Graduate Advisor: Prof. Yujia Xu
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*The application deadline for the Spring 2022 term has been extended until December 1, 2021.

Applicants who have completed all or part of their university studies in a non-US institution and/or require student visas must submit their applications no later than February 1  to be considered for Fall admission and September 15 to be considered for Spring admission.

Admission Requirements:

You must meet the following minimum requirements in order to be considered for admission.  Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance to the program.

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution comparable in standard and content to a bachelor’s degree from Hunter College.
  • Minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.8.
  • Additionally, you must have completed the following undergraduate courses: general chemistry (including qualitative analysis) (one year), quantitative analysis, organic chemistry (one year), physical chemistry (one semester lecture and laboratory), biology (one year), biochemistry lecture and laboratory (one semester). 
  • Official score report of the GRE (For information on taking the GRE, visit*The GRE will be waived upon applicant's request, if documentation of professional experience in the field, or graduate academic-level academic work show adequate preparation to successfully pursue the degree. **GREs are waived for the incoming Spring 2022 class
  • Two letters of recommendation from appropriate academic or professional references.
  • A statement of purpose of approximately 500 words describing your objectives in undertaking graduate study. In reviewing applications, considerable importance is placed on the applicant’s interest in and commitment to advanced study and professional development.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English and who have taken all or part of their undergraduate education in a country where English is not the native language are required to submit scores on the TOEFL/IELTS. The following minimum scores must be obtained:
        • TOEFL iBT: 80/ Paper Based Test: 550/ Computer Administered Test: 213
        • IEFLT: 6.5 Overall Band Score

Additional Information:

For additional program information, visit the Chemistry Department website.

Virtual Office Hours

Monday - Thursday 10AM - 5PM

Friday 10AM - 3PM

*Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, the graduate admissions team is working remotely

Please direct all inquiries via:

Telephone: (212) 396-6049


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