Applying to the Program

Applicants for the M.S. in Chemistry

Applications are submitted online to the graduate school at Western Carolina University.  Applications must include:

  • ResearchGRE general test
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL scores for International students

Candidates should have a GPA of 3.0 or greater.  A bachelor's degree in chemistry is not required.  Applicants with degrees in Biology, Mathematics and Geology are encouraged to apply.  Applicants with bachelor degrees in areas other than chemistry will be required to take additional course work.

Evaluation of applications begins on March 1st.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  However, we urge applicants to submit their materials prior to March 1st for full consideration.   

Graduate applications (online and downloadable) are available on the graduate admissions website


Applicants for the 4+1 B.S./M.S. in Chemistry

Students pursuing the 4+1 track first apply internally to the Chemistry & Physics Department (see application below).  Once accepted the student then completes their B.S. degree in Chemistry while performing research.  Once the B.S. degree is completed the student then applies to the graduate school as a M.S. Chemistry candidate.

Students applying for the 4+1 B.S. program in Chemistry must meet the following guidelines:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA and GPA in the chemistry major of 3.00 at WCU
  • GRE general test
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Start research (CHEM380) in junior year or earlier (three sections of CHEM 380 before completing the B.S. degree)
  • Written thesis proposal prior to applying to the graduate school.

Applicants must be approved by the Department Head, Departmental Graduate Program Director and the Thesis advisor.  After the student receives the BS degree and completes admission requirements, he or she may be officially admitted into the MS degree program in Chemistry. After admission to the master’s program, up to 12 hours of course work may be applied toward the M.S. degree requirements. These courses also count toward the 128 hours needed for the BS degree.

Internal 4+1 B.S./M.S. Application  

Graduate applications (online and downloadable) are available on the graduate admissions website

For more information, contact:
Brian Dinkelmeyer, graduate coordinator
229 Natural Sciences Building
Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC 28723
Phone: 828-227-3675
Fax:      828-227-7393


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