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Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry

  • 72 credit hours

  • Written qualifying examination
  • Comprehensive examination
  • Dissertation and oral defense

A minimum of 72 credit hours is required for the Ph.D. in chemistry. If you have received an M.S. degree from another university, you may petition to transfer up to 32 credit hours toward the Ph.D. degree.

You are required to pass the Ph.D. qualifying examination by the end of the fourth semester of the program.

You should register 24-36 credits of research coursework numbered CHEM 691. To pass the comprehensive examination, you need to write a research progress report and proposal, and defend it before a faculty committee. You must pass the comprehensive exam before the end of your third year.

The final phase in the Ph.D. degree program is the successful oral defense of the dissertation and submission of a Ph.D. dissertation approved by the academic advisor and the thesis committee. 


Admission Requirements

All degree applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited educational institution, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required. You may be granted provisional admission with a GPA less than 3.0.

  • Minimum GRE scores: 310 (quantitative + verbal) and 3.0 (analytical writing)
  • Minimum TOEFL score: 80 -or- Minimum IELTS score: 5.5, for international applicants.

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