Prospective Graduate Students must Apply Online

Students having a bachelor’s or master’s degree are eligible for admission to the Medicinal Chemistry Graduate Program as Ph.D. seeking students; we do not admit students seeking only a terminal master’s degree.  With rare exceptions we generally offer fall semester (August) admission only.  Full consideration for fall admission can be assured for all applications received by the previous December 15th. However, submission of late applications may be considered subject to availability of positions and funding. For more information, please contact or

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) and preferably, at least one course each in physical chemistry and biochemistry.
  4. GRE (and TOEFL, if applicable) scores
  5. 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.

Application Submission Deadline: Dec. 15

For admission consideration, the complete application, including all the supporting documents, must be submitted by the above date. However, submission of late
applications will be considered subject to availability of positions and funding. For more information, please contact

Particularly outstanding applicants (United States Citizens only) are eligible to compete for one of the special fellowships available. Applicants who wish to be considered for one of these fellowships should submit their application early, preferably by December 15th.

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 narrative should include information on the applicant's motivation to study Medicinal Chemistry, his or her long term objectives, and the general areas of research offered within the Department 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) 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 Narrative, 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. Those not residing in the US are interviewed by Skype/phone, as applicable.

For further information, write, email or call:

Director of Graduate Studies Course
Dr. Mark Farrell
Assistant Professor
The University of Kansas
Department of Medicinal Chemistry
2059 Shankel Structural Biology Center
2034 Becker Drive
Lawrence, KS 66047
Graduate Student Recruiting Application
Norma Henley
Administrative Associate
The University of Kansas
Department of Medicinal Chemistry
Shankel Structural Biology Center
2034 Becker Drive
Lawrence, KS 66047
Graduate Studies
The University of Kansas
313 Strong Hall
1450 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045


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