Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry


The PhD in Chemistry degree program is designed to produce graduates with a focus on innovation and problem solving in interdisciplinary cutting edge research areas such as organic and inorganic materials, nanotechnology, biotechnology and polymer chemistry. These graduates, with their broad course background, research skills and practical attitudes should find ready employment in industry or academic positions. A spectrum of courses provides the student with a broad knowledge of chemistry.

The department has the equipment and facilities necessary for routine use by its faculty and students in teaching and research. Larger items include: 270 MHz (2), 400 MHz, 500 MHz and 600 MHz multi-nuclear FT-NMR spectrometers; single crystal and powder x-ray diffractometers; assorted spectrophotometers utilizing fluorescence, phosphorescence and absorption; peptide synthesizers; gel permeation chromatographs; workstations with molecular modeling software; and scanning tunneling and atomic force microscopes. The program also participates in the Alan G. MacDiarmid NanoTech Institute, which houses instrumentation for modern materials science research. Facilities external to chemistry, but readily available to its use, include a library, computer center, cleanroom and well-equipped machine and electronics shops.

Program Information

School: School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Program: Chemistry

Catalog page: PhD

PhD in Chemistry Fact Sheet

Application Requirements

Degree requirements: Bachelor's in chemistry or equivalent

Test score required: Yes

Combined GRE score of 295 for the verbal and quantitative components. Minimum TOEFL score of 600 (paper test), 250 (computer test), or 100 (Internet test). 

Letters of recommendation: Required

Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who can judge the candidate’s probability of success in graduate school. Use the electronic request form in the graduate application to submit the letters. Contact the graduate academic program department if you have any questions.

Admissions essay required: Yes

Deadlines: University deadlines apply.


Betty Maldonado

Possible Careers

Research scientist in public and private sector, academic and industrial scientist and professor

Salary Information

See Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed salary information on these careers. Another great resource is the Occupational Outlook Handbook.