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PhD program

A research-oriented program which leads to a thesis, with courses and a seminar

Students select courses to match their background, interests and research specializations with direction from their program advisory committee.

Course requirements  

Specialization in Analytical, Inorganic or Physical Chemistry 

  • CHEM 6010 Graduate Seminar 
  • CHEM 6020 Graduate Seminar II 
  • CHEM 6030 Graduate Seminar III 
  • three term courses at the 4000 level or higher (minimum of 3 credit hours each) 

Specialization in Organic/Bio-organic Chemistry 

  • CHEM 6010 Graduate Seminar I 
  • CHEM 6020 Graduate Seminar II 
  • CHEM 6030 Graduate Seminar III 
  • a single term course at the 4000 level or higher (minimum of 3 credit hours)
  • four single term courses at 6000 level (minimum of 3 credit hours each)
Seminar requirements

Graduate students in the PhD program must complete one graduate seminar course per year (CHEM 6010, 6020 or 6030) for up to three years. These courses require the presentation of a seminar on a topic taken from the current research literature.

Near the end of their program, every PhD student is required to present a seminar summarizing their thesis research project to the department.

The Department of Chemistry organizes a series of research seminars by internal and external speakers throughout the year. We expect all graduate students to attend these seminars as part of their graduate program.

Qualifying exams

PhD students must pass a qualifying exam within the first 16 months of starting their program. Further details are available in the Chemistry Graduate Studies Handbook.