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Application Opens:
September 15

December 1


Fall Term (September)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

  • General test not required nor accepted for Fall 2023 admissions cycle

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

  • Minimum score required: 7
  • Electronic scores send to: MIT Graduate Admissions

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

  • Minimum score required: 100 (iBT) 600 (PBT)
  • Institute code: 3514
  • Department code: 62

The IELTS exam is preferred over the TOEFL.
Waivers of TOEFL/IELTS may be available.

  • Biological Chemistry
  • Bio-Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Theory

All students admitted to the PhD program receive full tuition coverage along with a monthly stipend for the first academic year, either through Teaching Assistantships, Research Assistantships, or fellowships. Students must be eligible to work in the United States in order to receive funding. After the first year, continued funding is provided for the duration of the PhD program, subject to the availability of funds for that purpose, as long as students remain in good academic standing.

  • Online application
  • Personal statement (500-1000 words)
  • Statement of objectives (1000-1500 words)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • English proficiency exam scores

Please mention in your Statement of Objectives the names of three specific faculty members with whom you would like to work.

Resume/CV can be entered in text, MS Word, or PDF format. it is important that you include your specific research experiences in your resume or CV.

A PDF copy of your college transcript(s) is required and can be uploaded to the application.  Official transcript(s) are only required if you are admitted into our program. Do not send a paper transcript.
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