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The Department of Chemistry offers programs leading to the following degrees: M.S. without thesis, M.S. with thesis, and Ph.D. Each program offers a rewarding opportunity for independent thinking and applying one's creativity. In addition to the more universal components of graduate programs in Chemistry, we offer a unique introduction to the academic career field through our Teaching Mentor Program.

The graduate program is designed to take advantage of the previous experience of the incoming student. Research is undertaken with a faculty member of the student's choosing. Each student determines his or her course program with the assistance of a faculty advisor and committee. A coursework distribution augments technical skills, and it provides a broad, yet firm, background in advanced chemical and physical concepts. The student selects appropriate courses that will provide the best preparation for independent study and research. Graduate courses completed at another university may be substituted for these core courses. An M.S. degree is not required for admission to the Ph.D. program, and there is no foreign language requirement for a degree in chemistry.

Our graduate degree programs can prepare students for positions in industry, research institutes, government agencies and academia.  The Ph.D. program includes required coursework, divisional requirements for cumulative exams and seminars, a preliminary oral examination and a thesis research project.  The M.S. program can be completed with either a research project or a thesis and differs from the Ph.D. program in overall scope and depth.  Both degree programs require a final oral defense.

Our department hosts a graduate recruiting weekend for prospective graduate students in Mid-March.