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Admissions and Eligibility

The typical student in the Master of Chemical Sciences program will hold an undergraduate degree in chemistry, engineering, mathematics or the equivalent. An adequate undergraduate background will vary, depending on area of concentration and will include some combination of coursework in chemistry, biology, mathematics, physics and/or engineering.

At a minimum, applicants will need to have completed two terms of calculus, two terms of introductory chemistry and the equivalent of two terms of organic chemistry with associated labs, and two terms of physics. Given these requirements, a degree in chemistry, physics or biology would be ideal preparation.

Your application will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Academic record
  • Work experience
  • Career objectives and reasons for choosing the program at Penn
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores, if applicable

See Application Overview for specific requirements.

Master of Chemical Sciences application deadline

New Master of Chemical Sciences program student cohorts are admitted for fall terms only. Your application portfolio, including all transcripts, must be received by the following deadline:

Admission Cycle Deadline
Fall 2018 (priority admission)February 1, 2018
Fall 2018March 1, 2018

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Theoretical and technical expertise

Curriculum

A blend of core concentration courses and electives allows students to create an individualized academic schedule.

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Student & alumni stories

Student & Alumni Stories

"I didn't expect I would have so many chances to talk and communicate with the professors here."

-- Yannan Lin, current student

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Upcoming application deadlines

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The priority admission deadline for Fall 2018 is February 1st and the deadline for regular admission is March 1st. Get your application started!

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