Graduate Study

The School of Molecular Sciences at Arizona State University offers PhD degrees in both Chemistry and Biochemistry. The School provides an innovative approach to graduate education that trains students to be successful independent scientists in an increasingly post-disciplinary scientific world.

Graduate Research

Graduate students in the School of Molecular Sciences are engaged in research that ranges from expanding fundamental chemistry and biochemistry, to solving real-life, mission-based problems that transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Graduate Research Areas



How to Apply


Applications are accepted for the Fall Semester only. For study beginning in Fall 2020, applications open on September 1, 2019 the deadline is January 1, 2020. Applications received prior to the deadline will receive priority consideration, but applications received after the application deadline may still receive consideration, pending available space.

Learn more about our admission requirements or start your application now.

NOTE: We are not accepting applications for MS degrees in chemistry or biochemistry, outside of the accelerated 4+1 BS/MS program for current ASU students only.

Our PhD programs train and prepare students to be successful and independent scientists in a world where the boundaries between the traditional chemical disciplines are rapidly disappearing. After graduation, many of our students have gone on to do postdoctoral work at prestigious universities and institutes and have taken jobs in research and other positions in industry; some recent examples are summarized below.

Postdoctoral Appointments At:

  • Stanford
  • Yale
  • Cal Tech
  • NIH
  • Sandia National Lab
  • Pacific Northwest National Lab
  • Roche
  • Oak Ridge National Lab
  • University of Washington
  • Washington University
  • MIT
  • UC Berkeley
  • UC San Francisco
  • Paul Sherrer Institute
  • EPA

Industrial Positions At:

  • Intel
  • Henkel
  • The Clorox Company
  • IBM
  • GE
  • 3M
  • Gowan
  • Heliae
  • Waters Corporation
  • KBI Biopharma
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Lam Research
  • ARUP Laboratories
  • Air Products