Graduate Admissions Contact Information

Kathy Lucas
Graduate Admissions Coordinator
Chemistry Department
Colorado State University
Ft. Collins, CO 80523

Phone: 970-491-7966


Application Deadlines

Pre-Application: Pre-applications for Fall 2015 will open October 1, 2014.

January 15th, 2015 for fellowship consideration

February 1st, 2015 for all applications, although we will continue with rolling admissions until our class is full

Graduate Degree Programs in Chemistry

The Chemistry Department at Colorado State University offers the opportunity for graduate studies in a broad range of chemical disciplines.  Faculty are actively engaged in research endeavors that will have widespread implications in the burgeoning areas of energy, medicine, the environment, and materials, among several others.  The unifying approach toward these scientifically relevant questions applies chemistry as the core fundamental science.

Graduate education at Colorado State focuses on the development of students through the pursuit of these scientifically important research problems, with an emphasis on both building technical skills and fostering creativity and innovation.  With over thirty research active faculty (with primary appointments in Chemistry as well as department across campus), a broad of range research opportunities are available.  Ph.D. programs are available in the fields of analytical, chemical biology, chemistry education, inorganic, organic, physical, and materials chemistry. Interdisciplinary programs of study, for example chemical biology and environmental chemistry, are also encouraged.  The research environment is significantly augmented by a large Central Instrument Facility, staffed with full time scientists and equipped with state of the art instrumentation.  We do not offer direct entry to an M.A. or M.S. program; initial admission is to the Ph.D. program only.

We have programs in analytical, chemical biology, inorganic, organic, physical, and materials chemistry.  In addition the Chemistry faculty have a strong record of performing cross-cutting research that addresses societal issues surrounding health, renewable energy, environmental issues, as well as others.  These efforts include research groups from across campus.

Financial Support

The Chemistry Department fully supports all Ph.D. students who remain in good academic standing via Graduate Teaching or Graduate Research Assistantships.  We support our students with full stipends and paid tuition.  There are additional fellowships available as well for well-qualified students.

Application Fee

There is no application fee associated with the Department of Chemistry Graduate Application.  However, there is a fee associated with the Colorado State University Graduate School application.  Please do not pay this CSU Graduate School fee at this time.  After you apply directly to the Department of Chemistry and are admitted, we will pay your CSU Graduate School application fee.

Admissions Requirements

In order to be considered for admission to the Department of Chemistry at Colorado State University, the following documents are required and should be mailed to the following address:

Graduate Admissions Coordinator
Chemistry Department
Colorado State University
Ft. Collins, CO 80523

        1) One official transcript from each post-secondary school attended

        2) Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with your chemistry abilities and potential for success in graduate study.

        3) Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.  (The CSU school code is 4075.)

                        The subject GRE is not required.

        4) The completed departmental pre-application (described below).

In addition to these requirements, all international applicants must provide the following:

   5) Official TOEFL examination scores.

   6) Official, translated copies (to English) of any transcript submitted from a non-English speaking country.

   7) Proof of external financial support, if applicable.

If you are interested in applying to our program, please complete the departmental pre-application first.    Once admitted to the Chemistry Department we will encourage you to complete the Graduate School’s application, and the Chemistry Department will pay the application fee.    

Before you begin the online application, you will need the following information:

  • Your contact information
  • Information about schools you have previously attended including:
    • Location
    • Dates of attendance
    • Degree obtained
    • GPA (both total GPA and Chemistry-only)
  • Contact information for three letters of reference.  For each reference, we need his or her:
    • Name
    • Title
    • Current email address.
    • Requests for letters will be sent electronically by our database, once the application is submitted.
  • A description of your past research experience
    • While you are welcome to cut and paste sections of your resume, please also include a narrative of what you worked on, and how what you learned through your research experience relates to your future goals in graduate school.
  • Your statement of purpose
    • Why do you want to attend graduate school, and in particular, why do you want to come to Colorado State University?
  • Faculty in our department whose work interests you

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