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Graduate Application Process

We appreciate your interest in pursuing graduate studies (MS program) in Chemistry at Western Kentucky University. Please find information regarding application deadlines and requirements listed below. You may also find it helpful to explore the Department of Chemistry website for a description of the chemistry graduate program and information on faculty research interests. Questions concerning the admission process can be directed to the Graduate School at graduate.school@wku.edu or 270-745-2446.

Application Requirements

Students applying for entry into the MS in Chemistry are admitted through the WKU Graduate School application online process. The application form and other details are available at the WKU graduate school.

 If you are interested in a particular faculty research program, please list the faculty member on your application.

Application Criteria

  • An undergraduate degree in Chemistry or related field of science
  • GRE general score. Other professional exam scores (MCAT, PCAT etc.) may be used in lieu of the GRE
  • Official transcripts to document receipt of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, preferably with a 3.0  or higher (out of 4.0) grade point average.
  • TOEFL score (International applicants only)

GRE (Graduate Record Exam) The GRE General test scores required include Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Writing. The Chemistry Subject GRE is optional. The WKU institution code is 1901. For information about taking the GRE, call 1-800-GRE-CALL or visit the ETS website. Current test scores are preferred, however, we will accept official scores from tests taken within the last five years. Typical average GRE scores are approximately 145 (Verbal) and 150 (Quantitative).

Transcripts Graduates of accredited institutions other than Western Kentucky University must request that one official transcript showing the completed degree to Western Kentucky University. The transcript must be forwarded from the college or university registrar electronically or directly to the Graduate School. Applicants who have not completed the undergraduate degree are required to submit one official transcript at the time of application and one official transcript showing the degree is completed. Transcript records must be submitted for any graduate and undergraduate courses taken at any institution other than WKU. Any paper transcripts must be received in the Graduate School in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution. Transcripts sent to the Graduate School become the property of the University and will not be returned to the student under any circumstances nor will a copy of the transcript be given to the student.

Please contact:
The Graduate School, WKU
1906 College Heights Blvd #11010
Bowling Green, KY 42101
Phone: (270) 745-2446; Fax: (270) 745-6590
Email: graduate.school@wku.edu

International applicants

Please note the following additional admissions requirements: All applicants from countries in which the official language is not English are required to submit official evidence of English language proficiency. 

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

TOEFL scores are required for all international students. TOEFL is administered by the Educational Testing Service. You can obtain detailed information from the TOEFL website www.ets.org/toefl or contact TOEFL Services, Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, (609) 771-7100. Applicants who have already taken the TOEFL should request the Educational Testing Service send scores to the Western Kentucky University using our institution code number 1901. The university requires a minimum TOEFL score of 79.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

As an alternative to the TOEFL, students may submit scores from the Academic Modules of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), which is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia, and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations. You are responsible for providing us with an official Test Report Form (TRF) of your IELTS. Remember to order the TRF when you register to take the test. To register for the IELTS, consult the IELTS website to locate the office of the test center where you plan to take the test. The university requires a minimum IELTS score of 6.5.


For more information contact:

Dr. Kevin Williams
Chair, Department of Chemistry
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd. #11079
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1079

Office: KTH 4056
Phone: (270) 745-8899
Email: kevin.williams@wku.edu


Dr. Lawrence Hill
Graduate Committee Chair, Department of Chemistry
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd. #11079
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1079

Office: KTH 4058
Phone: (270) 745-2136
Email: lawrence.hill@wku.edu





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