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Admissions and Eligibility

The typical student in the Master of Chemical Sciences program will hold an undergraduate degree in chemistry, engineering, mathematics or the equivalent. An adequate undergraduate background will vary, depending on area of concentration and will include some combination of coursework in chemistry, biology, mathematics, physics and/or engineering.

At a minimum, applicants will need to have completed two terms of calculus, two terms of introductory chemistry and the equivalent of two terms of organic chemistry with associated labs, and two terms of physics. Given these requirements, a degree in chemistry, physics or biology would be ideal preparation.

Your application will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Academic record
  • Work or laboratory experience
  • Career objectives and reasons for choosing the program at Penn
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores, if applicable

See Application Overview for specific requirements.

Master of Chemical Sciences application deadline

New Master of Chemical Sciences program student cohorts are admitted for fall terms only. Your application portfolio, including all transcripts, must be received by the following deadline:

Term of Entry Deadline
Fall 2023 (priority admission) December 15, 2022
Fall 2023 March 1, 2023

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Theoretical and technical expertise

Theoretical and technical expertise

A blend of core concentration courses and electives allows students to create an individualized academic schedule.

Want to know more?

Join us for an upcoming virtual information session on Wednesday, October 26, 2022, to hear more about the program, curriculum, and application process.

Creating the right chemistry

See how our Master of Chemical Sciences program makes it possible for students to link their academics to industry experience.