Path to PhD

Full details of degree requiremetns are available in your Graduate Handbook. The most current version of which is available here

Proficiency Exams

A Ph.D. candidate must demonstrate proficiency in three areas within their first two years in residence and prior to scheduling their General Exam. The department administers proficiency examinations in biochemistry, analytical, organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry.

Course Work

All full-time graduate students must register for at least 9 credits of graduate-level (i.e., 400-level) coursework. A broad spectrum of courses are available in the Department.  Graduate students consult with the Graduate Administrator (first semester ) or their Research Advisor to build a unique program that encompasses the student’s research topic and interests.

Choosing a Research Advisor

The Department of Chemistry uses a free-agent model in which graduate students are admitted into the program and spend their first semester choosing a research group. Each student will meet with at least 4 faculty to discuss research projects before submitting a list of their top choices to the graduate advising committee (GAC).

General Examination

The General Doctoral Examination, sometimes referred to as the “Qualifying Exam,” is an oral defense of a written research proposal presented to the chemistry faculty on the student’s doctoral committee that must be completed by the beginning of the student’s fifth semester. 

PhD Dissertation

The requirements for the written Dissertation and the timetable for the submission of both a draft of this document and the final version of the Dissertation are established by the College and University Regulations