Carnegie Mellon University

How to Apply

Graduate admissions at Carnegie Mellon are handled at the department level. Interested students apply to the Department of Chemistry directly.

A complete application must include all of the following:

  • Complete online application form
  • 1-2 page statement of purpose describing your previous research experience, research interests for Ph.D. work, and how you hope to pursue those interests at Carnegie Mellon. If possible, include the names of the faculty whose work most interests you.
  • Three letters of reference
    A letter from your current or previous research advisor is especially important. When you provide their names in your application, your references will receive an an email describing how they can submit their letter. See the FAQ for more information.
  • Transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate work
Unofficial transcripts, from each of the colleges or universities attended, are required for the application review process and should be uploaded as a pdf. International students’ unofficial transcripts should also be translated into English. One source for this service is World Education Services.

Official transcripts from all universities attended will be required from admitted students before they will be eligible to enroll.


We will not require the GRE general or subject test for admission.

English language tests are required for students whose mother tongue is not English. We accept the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or DuoLingo English Test (DET). An official score report should follow in order for your application to receive consideration.

TOEFL CODES: Institution 2074, Department 62.

IELTS: Select Carnegie Mellon University – Mellon College of Science

Select Carnegie Mellon University – Mellon College of Science

More details about score requirements can be found on our Tests for Non-native speakers of English page

Application Fee

The application fee for this year is $75.

We will hold virtual information sessions several times over the Fall. Students who attend will receive an application fee waiver. The dates and sign up for the sessions are:

Friday, October 27, 2023 at 12:30 PM until 01:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time UTC -04:00 : Register Here

Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at 08:00 PM until 09:00 PM Eastern Standard Time UTC -05:00: Register Here

Thursday, December 7, 2023 at 09:30 AM until 10:30 AM Eastern Standard Time UTC -05:00 Register Here


We particularly encourage the submission of resumés or CVs. These are especially helpful with complete citations for publications (including titles of papers) and presentations (including where the presentation was given). You will be at a competitive disadvantage without a resumé or CV.

You may upload 1-2 optional items at the time you submit your application.

Questions can be directed to: or (412) 268-3150.

Apply Now FAQ on the Application Process

Ph.D. Program Inquiry Form