Prospective Graduate Students Apply Online

Students are admitted to the department to pursue the Ph.D. degree. We offer Fall Semester (August) admission only. Students who have either a bachelor's or master's degree are considered for admission.

Admission Requirements

  1. B.S. or M.S. degree in pharmacy, medicinal chemistry, chemistry, biochemistry, or a closely related field
  2. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  3. One year of organic chemistry with laboratory (equivalent to CHEM 624, 625, 626, and 627)
  4. Undergraduate course work in physical chemistry and biochemistry are desirable but not an essential requirement.
  5. GRE (and TOEFL, if applicable) scores
  6. Other general KU admission requirements must also be met

With the above background, required core graduate courses can be completed within the first two years of study. The average time to complete the Ph. D. degree is about five years. Inquiries are welcome at any time. Students enter the program in August (Fall Semester), and full consideration for admission can be assured for all applications received by the preceding February 1.

Application Submission Deadline: Feb 1

(For admission consideration, the complete application, including all the supporting documents, must be submitted by the above date.)

Particularly outstanding applicants (United States Citizens only) might be eligible to compete for one of the special fellowships available. Those interested to be considered for these fellowships should submit their application by the end of December.

Application for Admission

Applications must be submitted online.

Application documents to be submitted (electronically) include:

  • Official transcript(s) from each college or university attended (scanned copies of transcripts and other documents are acceptable at the time of application submission, however, if accepted for admission, original copies of the same will be required).
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Statement of Purpose: This should include information on the applicant's long term objectives and general areas of research that most interest the applicant {rank in 1,2,3 order the areas of a) Synthetic Medicinal Chemistry, b) Natural Products / Chemical Biology, and c) Medicinal Biochemistry}.
  • GRE scores (codes: KU-6871, Medicinal Chemistry - 0621): We do not have a minimum required GRE score. Although not mandatory, applicants are encouraged to also take the subject test in Chemistry (if possible)
  • TOEFL or IELTS (if applicable) (codes: KU-6871, Pharmacy-47). See eligible TOEFL scores.
  • Three letters of recommendation (to be submitted directly by the referees)

Application Fee Waiver

(US citizens only)

On a selective basis, the application fee can be waived for exceptionally qualified applicants (US citizens only). To apply for this waiver, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies at: In the subject line of the email, please mention "Request for fee waiver". If applying for fee exemption, please do not submit the admission application until we contact you with a decision on your request.

Selection criteria

Applications are screened based on GPA for previous college work, research or employment experience relevant to the graduate training being sought, GRE scores (and TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable), Statement of Purpose, and the letters of recommendation etc. Short-listed applicants, if residing in the US, are invited for a campus visit/interview during the graduate student recruitment weekend (Feb. 24-25, 2017), whereas those not in the US are interviewed by Skype/phone, as applicable.

For further information, write, email or call:

Director of Graduate Studies Course & department information
Dr. Apurba Dutta
Associate Professor
The University of Kansas
Department of Medicinal Chemistry
4070 Malott Hall
1251 Wescoe Hall Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045-7582
Graduate Student Recruiting Application information
Norma Henley
Administrative Associate
The University of Kansas
Department of Medicinal Chemistry
4070 Malott Hall
1251 Wescoe Hall Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045-7582
Graduate Studies
The University of Kansas
313 Strong Hall
1450 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045


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