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

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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

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Forever a Westfall Scholar

Westfall Scholar alumni sustain their undergraduate success

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Planetary scientist to visit University: “I want to find the weird things”

Sarah M. Hörst’s Discover Science lecture on Dec. 1

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Recommended Fall Reads: A well-researched book list

The books featured here were written or edited by faculty, alumni or students in the College of Science