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: March 1st
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: Fall
Application Deadline: March 1st
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.

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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

Yet-Ming Chiang stands at a podium laughing. There is a window looking toward the Joe Crowley Student Union behind him, and a projected slide presentation next to him.

Speaker discusses how to use renewable energy efficiently at Energy Solutions Forum

Renewable energy’s intermittent nature poses challenges to energy storage

A man stands in front of a crowded room pointing to a screen with two bar graphs on it.

Discussions on making solar energy efficient and accessible at Energy Solutions Forum

NREL Senior Research Fellow Joey Luther studies new types of semiconductors and their properties

A man in front of a screen speaks to an audience.

Energy Solutions Forum speaker works on processes to take carbon out of the air

Christopher Jones says we need to transition to renewable energy as well as implement direct air capture