Chemistry, PhD

The PhD program in chemistry is designed to train you in fundamental molecular science, and also to prepare you to be successful and independent in a world where the boundaries between the traditional chemical disciplines are rapidly disappearing. Students can work on focused projects in contemporary chemistry, but most will challenge themselves by working on projects that connect molecular science to a major current societal issues, such as energy, sustainability, medicine, nanomaterials, or the environment. The program is designed to enable students to take on the responsibility of leadership in all aspects of contemporary molecular science.

Program Requirements
A minimum of 84 semester hours, including coursework, seminars, research, and dissertation, are required. Courses are selected by the student in consultation with his/her supervisory committee based on the research area. A Doctoral Comprehensive Examination consisting of both a written and oral presentation of current research and an original research proposal is required for advancement to candidacy. The Ph.D. degree in Chemistry is awarded when the student has demonstrated quality performance in the laboratory and completion of his/her research project, evidence of a publishable contribution of original research, completed a successful dissertation oral defense, and has met all deadline dates and requirements set by the Graduate College.

Admission Requirements 
The application is a two step process. First you must complete a general - on line - application to Graduate Education. The application and instructions are located on the following web pages: and The second step is a Supplemental Application which asks for unofficial test scores, your personal statement and contacts for letters of recommendation. You can find information on this and other application information at: Applicants must submit original scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) to Graduate Admissions. The subject test is not required, but is recommended. International applicants are required to take the TOEFL exam and should refer to the Graduate Admissions webpage: for additional requirements and procedures for application.

Degree Offered

Chemistry, PhD
Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of


Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Application Deadline

Applications are accepted for the Fall Semester only. Applications are made available on September 1 and all application materials are due by January 1 of each year.

There is a two-part application, consisting of the general application through Graduate Admissions and the supplemental application through the School of Molecular Sciences (SMS). All applications are submitted online and no documents should be mailed to the School of Molecular Sciences. All official documents (transcripts/test scores) should be sent to Graduate Admissions directly.

Financial Support

All students accepted in the PhD Chemistry/Biochemistry programs are guaranteed financial support by means of a Graduate Assistant position. Research assistantships usually come from faculty grants, although some departmental and college research assistantships are also available on a competitive basis.

Highly qualified applicants are encouraged to apply for a graduate fellowship from the National Science Foundation.

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