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Most students entering Ph.D. or M.S. programs in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry are expected to have majored in physics, chemistry, biochemistry or the biological sciences; however, applications will be welcomed from students with degrees in other fields, provided their records indicate ability to complete the program successfully. The desired undergraduate background generally should include courses in organic and physical chemistry, physics, calculus and the biological sciences. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Aptitude Test is required of all students and the Advanced Test (in chemistry) is recommended. Foreign students must also pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 550 or better to be admitted into the UMGSB graduate programs.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UMBC is pleased to offer citizens and permanent residents of the United States and Canada, and those students receiving degrees from US and Canadian institutions, the opportunity to apply for admission to the PhD program in Chemistry, the PhD program in Biochemistry, and the MS program in Chemistry without charge.

To take advantage of the Fee-Free application offer you must be a US or Canadian citizen, a permanent resident of the US or Canada, or a graduate of a US or Canadian college or university. Applications by other individuals are welcomed and encouraged; however, those applicants are required to apply for admission through the formal application process, which requires payment of the application fee. (If your browser does not support forms, please contact the department by mail, telephone, fax, or email using the Graduate Student Request Information Form.)


  • Complete the Official UMBC Graduate School Application.
    Request an application package using our Graduate Student Request Information Form, by mail, telephone, fax, or by downloading the application materials.
  • Submit the application and supporting documentation (transcripts, etc.) directly to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
    Applications received directly by the Department, which meet the eligibility requirements of this program, will not be charged an application fee.Send completed applications to:
    Graduate Program Coordinator
    Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
    University of Maryland, Baltimore County
    1000 Hilltop Circle
    Baltimore, MD 21250

Review of applications will begin December 15. Fee-Free applications for admission to our programs for the Fall Semester must be received, along with all supporting documentation, by the Graduate Program Coordinator by March 1. The normal application fee will be required for all applications received after the March 1 deadline.

If you have any questions about the application process or the graduate program contact us at:
Phone: 5-5701 (Internal), 410-455-5701 (Local)  or 1-866-743-8622 (866-PhD-UMBC)
Fax: (410) 455-2608