Graduate Degrees Offered

The Department of Chemistry offers the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees, with emphasis on the Ph.D.  Specialization is possible in analytical, inorganic, organic, or physical chemistry.  For individual faculty interests and collaborative programs please refer to the faculty page.

Students entering the graduate program with a Bachelor’s or Master's degree enroll in a minimum of eighteen credits of courses offered in the first year (inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry). They also attend seminars in which the faculty members describe their research interests. On the basis of these seminars and personal interviews, students choose a research director by the end of the first semester. Four cumulative examinations must be passed before the end of the second year.


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

To earn the Ph.D. degree students are required to complete the following requirements:

  1. Complete 60 credits of lecture, seminar and research courses.
  2. Pass four cumulative examinations before the end of the second year.
  3. Present a departmental seminar in the second year.
  4. Pass an oral comprehensive examination before the end of the second year.
  5. Submit and defend an original proposal for research unrelated to the dissertation topic by the end of the third year.
  6. Present a final research seminar in the fourth/fifth year.
  7. Prepare and successfully defend a dissertation based on original and independent research approved by the research advisor.

Master of Science (M.S.)

To earn the M.S. degree students are required to complete the following requirements:

  1. Complete 30 credits of lecture, seminar and research courses.
  2. Present a chemistry seminar.
  3. Prepare and successfully defend a dissertation based on original and independent research approved by the research advisor.

Master of Science (M.S.) Non-Thesis Option

To earn the M.S. degree (non-thesis option) students are required to complete the following requirements:

  1. Complete 30 credits of lecture and seminar courses.
  2. Present a chemistry seminar
  3. Pass a written comprehensive examination.

Students MUST consult the department Graduate Students Handbook for details

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