Graduate admission

We offer both MSc and PhD degrees in Chemistry.  Both degree programs are research based and require supervision by a faculty member. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact faculty members with expertise in their area of interest to inquire about openings in specific research groups.  Incoming students normally begin their program at the start of the Fall, Winter or Summer academic term (i.e., September, January or May).  Applications are accepted at any time and are assessed as soon as they are complete.  For applicants hoping to begin a program in September, we recommend applying between January and March to maximize your eligibility for scholarships and other funding.

General inquiries regarding chemistry graduate programs and admission procedures can be addressed to the Director of Graduate Studies (

Admission requirements

Candidates should possess an honours bachelor’s degree in chemistry or biochemistry with a minimum ‘B’ average (3.0 cumulative grade point average) from UNB or its equivalent from another recognized university.  For applicants from universities using the British System, first or upper second division standing is required.  Applicants with academic backgrounds in other disciplines whose standard of academic performance matches that required for admission to the School of Graduate Studies may be considered for admission to a Qualifying Period.

International applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate English proficiency prior to admission.  This is normally done by completing one of the following English proficiency tests:  Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), minimum of 550 on the paper-based test or 80 on the internet-based test; International English Language Testing System (IELTS), minimum overall band score of 7; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB), minimum score of 85; Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTest), minimum score of band  4.5.  Students may be required to take supplementary English courses if admitted to the School of Graduate Studies.  For more information regarding English language proficiency requirements please refer to the School of Graduate Studies website.

Applications are processed through the School of Graduate Studies and admission decisions are made by the dean, associate dean, or assistant dean of the School of Graduate Studies following a recommendation from the Chemistry graduate academic unit.  Admission is competitive and may be limited by factors such as the availability of a suitable supervisor, laboratory space and research funding.  Consequently, meeting the minimum academic requirements is not a guarantee of admission.

International students

International applicants who are applying from outside Canada should apply at least six (6) months in advance.  More information can be found from the School of Graduate Studies or the International Students Advisor's Office.

Steps to apply
  1. Choose a research area
  2. Identify a suitable supervisor
  3. Submit online application