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Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry

  • 72 credit hours

  • Written qualifying examination
  • Comprehensive examination
  • Dissertation and oral defense

A minimum of 72 credit hours is required for the Ph.D. in chemistry. Students who have received an M.S. degree from another university may petition for transfer of up to 32 credit hours, applicable toward the Ph.D. degree.

Students must pass the Ph.D. qualifying examination by the end of their fourth semester in the program.

Next, students should register in 24-36 credits of research coursework numbered 691. To pass the comprehensive examination, they need to write a research progress report and proposal and defend it before a faculty committee. Students must pass the comprehensive exam before the end of their 3rd year.

The final phase in the Ph.D. degree program is the successful oral defense of the dissertation and submission of a Ph.D. dissertation approved by the academic advisor and the thesis committee. 


Admission Requirements

All degree applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited educational institution, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required. Applicants with a GPA less than 3.0 may be granted provisional admission.

  • Minimum GRE scores: 310 (quantitative + verbal) and 3.0 (analytical writing)
  • Minimum TOEFL score: 80 -or- Minimum IELTS score: 5.5, for international applicants.

Program Requirements 

Required Courses (18)

  • CHEM 584 Graduate Seminar (1)
  • CHEM 585 Chemistry Colloquium (1) (must be taken twice)
  • CHEM 684 Graduate Seminar (1)
  • CHEM 685 Chemistry Colloquium (1) (must be taken twice)

AND four of the following core courses (12):

  • CHEM 455 Advanced Organic Chemistry (3)
  • CHEM 503 Survey of Analytical Chemistry (3)
  • CHEM 520 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3)
  • CHEM 535 Polymer Synthesis (3)
  • CHEM 550 Quantum Chemistry (3)
  • BIOL 504 Biochemistry (3)

Elective Courses (18-30)

Select 18-30 credit hours in consultation with advisor.

Thesis Research (24-36)

CHEM 691 Research and Thesis  (24-36)