A PhD degree in chemistry or biochemistry is your entry into the world of professional molecular science. As a professional chemist or biochemist you will be expected to contribute to the advancement of your field, and to work on major societal issues, many of which are increasingly complex and transdisciplinary.

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


Applications are accepted for the Fall Semester only. For study beginning in Fall 2018, applications open on September 1, 2017, the deadline is January 1, 2018. 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.

The PhD Programs in the School of Molecular Sciences

Graduate Research Opportunities in the School of Molecular Sciences

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