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.
"There are many ways to synthesize one molecule. The same applies to life, one destination can be achieved from multiple different paths, so, choose your own path."
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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To complete a doctoral degree, students must complete the following milestones:
- Complete all coursework and research credits (see credit requirements below)
- Pass Qualifying Examination
- Pass Research Proposal Examination
- Prepare and Submit Approved Dissertation
- Pass Final Oral Defense
The minimum credit requirements are as follows:
|MS-PhD (minimum)||30 Credits|
|BS-PhD (minimum)||60 Credits|
Individual programs may have higher standards and students are expected to know their program's requirements. See the Doctor of Philosophy Requirements website for more information about PhD milestones and related timelines.
This is a brief overview of the requirements for a PhD degree from the Department of Chemistry:
- A minimum of 60 credits:
- 20 Course Credits
- Qualifying Examination (Research Update)
- Original research proposal
- PhD Dissertation
- Oral Defense of PhD Research
- Proof of mastery of chemistry concepts through passing Placement Exams or Department Courses
This option requires a research thesis prepared under the supervision of the advisor. The thesis describes a research investigation and its results. The scope of the research topic for the thesis should be defined in such a way that a full-time student could complete the requirements for a master’s degree in 12 months or three semesters following the completion of coursework by regularly scheduling graduate research credits.
The minimum requirements are as follows:
|Coursework (minimum)||20 Credits|
|Thesis research||6-10 Credits|
|Total (minimum)||30 Credits|
|5000-6000 series (minimum)||12 Credits|
|3000-4000 (maximum)||12 Credits|
Programs may have stricter requirements and may require more than the minimum number of credits listed here.
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
This option requires a minimum of 30 credits be earned through coursework. A limited number of research credits may be used with the approval of the advisor, department, and Graduate School. See degree requirements for more information.
A graduate program may require an oral or written examination before conferring the degree and may require more than the minimum credits listed here:
|5000-6000 series (minimum)||18 Credits|
|3000-4000 (maximum)||12 Credits|
- A minimum of 30 credits required.
- At least 18 of the 30 must be at the 5000-level or higher.
- At most 12 credits may come from undergraduate coursework.
- 2 credits of CH 5900 Chemistry Graduate of Seminar required.
Bachelor's + 1 Year = Master's Degree
Our accelerated master's degree program is a faster, easier way for Michigan Tech students to earn a master's degree. Up to approved six credits from your bachelor's degree can be applied towards your accelerated master's degree. Consult your graduate program director for your individualized plan. If you're thinking about pursuing a master's following your bachelor's this option may be the right choice for you.
A graduate degree in chemistry opens doors to many 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
- Assistant Professor
- Forensic Scientist
- Process Engineer
- Environmental Consultant
- Science Research Analyst
- Senior Technical Problem Solver