Chemistry graduate programs

Get hands-on experience with modern instrumentation, delve into our diverse course offerings, and network with international professionals, all with the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains as a backdrop.

M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemistry

Chemical research drives innovation and progress in countless industries. The Master's and Doctoral programs in Chemistry immerse students in dynamic and important work in a wide range of research areas.

Admissions cycle: Fall
Application Deadline: April 15
Assistantships: Teaching, Research

Ph.D. in Chemical Physics

A joint effort with the Department of Physics, the Doctoral program in Chemical Physics offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that explores atomic and molecular physics and physical chemistry.

Admissions cycle: Rolling
Application Deadline: None
Assistantships: Teaching, Research

Reasons to choose our programs

Professor Chemistry Tom Bell holding a molecule model.

Dedicated faculty

Our leading research-active faculty receive funding from national and international agencies, providing graduate students with a thriving work environment, valuable lab experience, and financial support to pursue their own research.

Lake Tahoe sunset.

Rich outdoor environment

Our campus is less than an hour away from some of the most beautiful scenery in the country, like Lake Tahoe and the Black Rock desert. We learn in an environment that encourages exploration and recreation.

Female student conducting an experiment using a chemistry glove box.

Facilities & instruments

The Department of Chemistry is endowed with a full complement of modern facilities, instrumentation, laboratories and technical support personnel. Gain access to everything from custom instrument fabrication to high-performance computational facilities.

Department of Chemistry news

Christopher Barile stands in his lab while a postdoctoral fellow works at the lab bench behind him.

Recyling CO2 and the chemistry of climate change

Christopher Barile's research aims to create a new renewable energy source by recycling carbon dioxide in the atmosphere into useful fuels.

Portrait of Ana de Bettencourt-Dias

Chemistry professor named 2021 American Chemical Society Fellow

Ana de Bettencourt-Dias, the Susan Magee and Gary Clemons Professor of Chemistry, is the only chemist in Northern Nevada to date to have received the honor of being named an ACS fellow

Herz Gold Medalist Lily Liu

Lily Liu selected as Spring 2021 Herz Gold Medalist

Biology major and dual chemistry, business administration minor, moves on to medical school