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Application Opens:
September 15

December 1 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time


Fall Term (September)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required nor accepted for admission.

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.

  • Chemical Biology
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Theory

First-year graduate students are usually supported by a combination of departmental fellowships and research assistantships while they complete the academic teaching requirement. Most students receive appointments to research assistantships after their first year, and departmental fellowships are also available. Financial support after the first academic year is subject to the availability of funds and provided for students who maintain a satisfactory record.

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

Application Materials:

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

Resume/CV may be uploaded as a PDF or Microsoft Word document. 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.
Application Fee Waivers:
The department offers application fee waivers to domestic applicants who meet the Office of Graduate Education’s requirements. 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.
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