Chemistry Ph.D. and M.S.

Chemical research drives innovation and progress in countless industries today. The graduate programs in chemistry immerse students in this dynamic and important work alongside our leading faculty.

Admissions cycle:
Fall

Application deadline:
April 15

Assistantships:
teaching, research

The Chemistry Department is active in both theoretical and experimental research in a wide range of fields. Graduate students and faculty conduct research in state-of-the-art facilities at the University as well as through scientific collaborations at research centers across the country.

To view pertinent information on the courses, examinations, and other requirements in our graduate programs, review the program handbook.

Chemistry graduate program handbook

Research Specialties

Our research-active faculty and graduate students are producing groundbreaking work in a wide range of fields. Get the support to independently design experiments, investigate scientific hypotheses, and conduct analysis on important research within your field of interest.

  • Analytical and Materials Chemistry
  • Bio-organic and Bio-inorganic Chemistry
  • Chemical Ecology
  • Computational and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry
  • Organic Synthesis and Mechanistic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics

Program research incorporates advanced computational clusters and chemical instrumentation maintained by experienced professionals. Advanced department tools include Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectrometers, both solution and solid-state, single-crystal and powder X-ray diffractometers, various mass spectrometers and an Electron Paramagnetic Resonance spectrometer, among many others. Students gain extensive hands-on experience with instruments like these through their research.

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How to apply

All applicants must meet the admission requirements of the University's Graduate School and satisfy the Ph.D. or M.S. admission requirements of the Department of Chemistry.

Department of Chemistry Graduate Admissions

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