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

Mick Hitchcock addresses students in The Center located in the University's Joe Crowley Student Union.

New, donor-supported equipment and infrastructure will advance research

Philanthropist and scientist Mick Hitchcock, Ph.D. continues to support scientific progress and research capacity

Sean Casey, pictured here with Lisa LeMond at the 2019 College of Science and Mackay School Distinguished Alumni of the Year event.

Mayo Clinic Cardiologist and alumna Lisa LeMond gives time, hope comfort when hearts fail

The College of Science recognizes exceptional alumna Lisa LeMond.

Two students pose for a photo at a club fair to promote the new MAPS club on campus last spring.

Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS) chapter launched at the University of Nevada, Reno

Students launch a new club aimed at increasing diversity in the field of medicine