Chemistry Department Graduate Education

Programs of Study

The Department of Chemistry offers graduate programs of study leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in the fields of analytical, biological, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry.

 Chemistry Graduate Students

 

The emphasis of the program is on close interaction between faculty and students. This ensures that the students develop to their full potential as quickly as possible. Choice of a research adviser is usually completed by the end of the first semester, and students begin their research during the second semester.

M.S. degree   The requirements for the M.S. program are normally completed in two years. For the M.S. degree, a student:

  • completes 24 hours of course work,
  • submits a thesis based on his or her completed research,
  • passes an oral examination based on the thesis.

Ph.D. degree     The essence of the Ph.D. degree is the solution of an important chemical problem at the frontier of current knowledge. This is accomplished under the direction of a faculty adviser who is chosen by the student. The student’s dissertation, based upon this research, is defended in an oral examination before a Ph.D. committee. The course requirement for the Ph.D. is determined by an advisory committee and is tailored to meet the needs of the individual student while providing a broad, well-balanced background. Competence in the student’s selected area of study is tested by means of cumulative examinations. The requirements for the Ph.D. degree are normally completed in four to five years.

 

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