Graduate - Chemistry-MS,PhD

Chemistry—MS, PhD

The Department of Chemistry offers research-intensive programs leading to MS and PhD degrees in Chemistry, giving talented, motivated students the chance to make discoveries in chemical science, biochemistry, and related disciplines. Students work closely with a faculty advisor in research groups of two to six people.

In this personalized environment, you become the primary expert on your topic and contribute to all aspects of the project. Students have direct, hands-on access to modern analytical instruments and often participate in interdisciplinary research. We are seeking students with a strong background in chemistry and the motivation and enthusiasm to pursue new and unsolved research questions.

Biochemistry projects include the development of biomolecular nanoparticles capable of targeted drug delivery, the molecular basis of lectin-mediated immune regulation and pathogen invasion, investigation of the metabolism of inositol phosphates in plants, and understanding the relationship between protein misfolding/aggregation and disease processes.

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MS Degree Requirements

This is a brief overview of the requirements for an MS degree from the Department of Chemistry:

  • A minimum of 30 credits. At least 20 of the 30 must be course credits, and at least 12 of the course credits must be at the 5000 level or higher. Also, a minimum of 6 research credits are required.
  • MS thesis
  • Presentation of research in a seminar followed by an oral defense
  • Proof of mastery of chemistry concepts through passing placement exams or department courses

PhD Degree Requirements

This is a brief overview of the requirements for a PhD degree from the Department of Chemistry:

  • A minimum of 60 credits including a minimum of 24 research credits. Entering students are required to complete 5 courses in the first year: Two of the five classes must be in the student's major area of research and one in each of two other areas of chemistry
  • A minimum of 5 out of 8 cumulative exam points
  • Original research proposal
  • Seminar presentation on research project
  • Original research with PhD dissertation
  • Oral defense of research
  • Proof of mastery of chemistry concepts through passing placement exams or department courses

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Career Opportunities

We support the professional development of graduate students through opportunities in interdisciplinary teams and the sharing of research results within and beyond campus. Our alumni are contributing their expertise to companies large and small, from exciting start-ups to established companies such as Kimberly-Clark and Amgen to government laboratories including Brookhaven and Los Alamos.

Our graduates have a wide range of job titles including

  • Professor
  • Assistant Professor
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Process Engineer
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Science Research Analyst
  • Senior Technical Problem Solver

A graduate degree in chemistry opens doors to many career opportunities.