Frequently Asked Questions

What application materials do students need to submit?

Please refer to the application procedure.

Are the GRE Subject exams required for applying to the Chemistry/Biochemistry program?

We do not require applicants to take the GRE Subject exam. If students have taken the exam, they are welcome to submit official copies of their scores.

What is the GRE Institution Code for Miami University?

The institution code for Miami University is 1463.

What are the minimum GPA, GRE/TOEFL/IELTS scores for accepted students?

The minimum undergraduate GPA for accepted students is 2.7. There is no official minimum score for the general GRE exam.

For English proficiency, Miami’s minimum TOEFL score is 80 with at least 20 on the speaking portion, or an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with at least 6.5 on the speaking portion. Students who obtained undergraduate degrees from US institutions or who are from certain countries are not required to submit English language test scores. Please see the English Language Proficiency page from the Graduate School.

Can the application fee be waived?

The Chemistry/Biochemistry Department does not have the authority to waive the application fee. If an international student would like to request a waiver of the application fee, the student should contact the Graduate School at If a domestic student would like to request a waiver of the application fee, the student should contact Valerie Robinson at

How many students will be accepted this year?

Our Fall classes have ranged between 12 and 24 students over the last 8 years. The number of students that are accepted depends on the number of teaching and research assistantships available in a given year.

Are students accepted to start in January?

Over the last 8 years, we have accepted between 1-4 students to start their graduate studies in January. However, most new graduate students start in August.

When are decisions made about acceptance into the program?

The graduate recruiting committee starts evaluating applications in November (for August start dates) and continuously evaluates applications until the entering class is filled.

Can I visit the Department?

Domestic students who have submitted all of their application items are certainly welcome to visit the department. We will typically cover travel costs. Please contact to arrange your visit.

What is the deadline for applying to the program?

The deadline for fall admission is March 1, however priority consideration for assistantships will be given to applications completed by February 1.
The deadline for spring admission is November 1.

How much is the stipend for graduate students?

The current stipend for teaching and research assistants in Chemistry for AY 2017–2018 is  $24,298, and paid monthly over 10 months (August-May). For graduate students who are full-time and in good standing, the Graduate school provides an additional $1,800 and a tuition waiver for the summer following your assistantship.

Do graduate students have to pay tuition?

All teaching and research assistantships in good academic standing receive a tuition waiver that covers 100% of out-of-state tuition surcharge and 50% of the basic general fee. Graduate students pay additional Oxford campus-specific activity fees. For the 2016/2017 academic year, these fees totaled $1283. Student health insurance is required at a cost of $1308/year, but it can be waived with proof of existing insurance. Details about the fees and health insurance can be found at:

What is the typical cost of living at Miami University for graduate students?

Our current graduate students spend $500-1500 a month on living expenses, depending on their lifestyles.