Carnegie Mellon University

Who Should Apply?

We encourage you to apply if your background compares well to our median admitted student:

  • Has one or more years of prior research experience
  • GPA of 3.5 out of 4.0
  • Quantitative GRE 80th percentile
  • TOEFL 104 (total), speaking score 23
  • Typical student has B.S. in Chemistry or Biochemistry, but some admitted students have degrees in biology, environmental science & engineering, materials science, or polymer science with strong chemistry course work in the area(s) most related to their research interests.

Non-Chemistry Major Applicants

Due to the interdisciplinary approach common in the department, we welcome students from academically diverse backgrounds. It is very helpful to have a strong background through coursework or research experience relevant to ongoing research in the department.

Non-chemistry major applicants are encouraged to contact the Graduate Program Office ( early in the application process to discuss their specific coursework and preparation.