Admission Requirements

Students with an undergraduate degree in chemistry, physics, engineering or polymer science and a grade point average of 3.0 or better may apply.

Students holding a degree in biology or natural sciences will be expected to have taken additional courses on the undergraduate level:

  1. Calculus III and/or Differential Equations
  2. Organic Chemistry I & II
  3. Thermodynamics
  4. Physics I & II

For highly-qualified students lacking no more than 1 of the required courses, a special provisional admission may be given for one semester, followed by a full admission upon a student's successful completion of the undergraduate course.

How to Apply

Please note the following Graduate Application Fees:

  • First time Domestic Applicants: $45.00
  • First time International Applicants: $70.00
  • Reapplication: $45.00

You are strongly encouraged to apply online by clicking HERE

When to Apply

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications that are complete by Dec. 15 will receive consideration for early admission. The application deadline is Feb. 15. Exceptional candidates may be considered after the Feb. 15 deadline.

What to Submit

Persons seeking admission into the Ph.D. program in the Department of Polymer Science are required to submit all of the listed materials to the Department for consideration by the admissions committee. Incomplete applications will not be considered under any circumstances.

  • Completed online Application for Graduate School
  • Application Fee, unless waived by the admissions coordinator
  • ALL Official Undergraduate and/or Graduate Transcripts
  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Statement of Purpose/personal statement (required for Ph.D. and M.S. applicants)
  • GRE Scores (for all students) [Use Institution Code R1829]. NOTE: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, GRE scores for the Fall 2021 admissions term will be waived by the School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering.
  • TOEFL Scores (required for ALL international applicants): All international students must submit official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores with a minimum overall test score of 79 on the internet-based test AND a minimum of 23 on the speaking portion of the test. International students who have studied at or received a degree from a U.S. college must still provide TOEFL scores. If you are a permanent resident whose native language is not English, you must also provide the TOEFL scores.

Send to:
The Graduate School
Leigh Hall, Room 515
Akron, Ohio 44325-2101
Phone: (330) 972-7663
Fax: (330) 972-6475

Financial Aid and the Cost of Study

Stipends and Tuition Scholarships:
The department supports all incoming qualified full-time Ph.D. graduate students. For 2019, the standard stipends for the departmental graduate assistantships and industrial fellowships can be up to $25,000 for 12 months. Students who receive financial aid also are awarded a tuition scholarship for some instructional and general fees.

For current tuition and fees, please check the following website:

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