Graduate Program Admissions F.A.Q

  • How are application materials evaluated? Acceptance into the graduate program is based on academic performance, research experience, motivation, and how well the applicant meets the needs of the department to fulfill our teaching and research missions. All aspects are considered. For example, academic excellence may compensate for a lack of research experience and vice versa. 
  • Is the GRE required? The GRE is not required
  • Do international students need to take an English language test and what are the minimum scores? The minimum TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo scores for international students are 80, 6.5 and 105, respectively. An English language test is not required for students from countries teaching in English (see https://gradschool.nmsu.edu/future-students/International.html for a complete list)
  • Can the application fee be waived? There is no application fee.
  • Are unofficial transcripts acceptable? Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for the application. Official transcripts are only required upon admittance.
  • Is it required to contact potential research mentors? It is strongly recommended that you contact potential research advisors to ensure availability and compatible research interests, but it is not required.
  • May I apply for spring 2023? We are not accepting applications for spring 2023 due to a large number of students who had to defer admission from the fall. You will need to apply for fall 2023.
  • Am I eligible for an assistantship? All graduate students are supported by either a teaching or research assistantship for the duration of their studies. The minimum annual assistantship salary for a first-year student is currently $24,580. 
  • Will my tuition and insurance be covered? They may be. At the current time, the department cannot guarantee tuition or insurance. The department applies for limited scholarship money from the graduate school on behalf of admitted students, and these scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. All graduate students are only liable for in-state tuition at 9-credits per semester. See https://uar.nmsu.edu/las-cruces-campus-tf/Tuition-Fee-Rates-202240.pdf for current rates. 
  • May I apply with a bachelor's degree? Students holding B.S. in Chemistry, Biochemistry or related degree are eligible to apply for either M.S. or Ph.D. degrees