What will I learn?

The Ph.D. degree in chemistry is primarily a research-based program that includes sufficient advanced course work to provide a strong background from which students may pursue forefront research, under the direct guidance of a faculty member, in their chosen areas of interest. The program is designed to develop the professional skills required to function as an independent researcher in chemistry.

Available Options

Post-Bachelor’s Track

Post-Master’s Track

Learning Outcomes

Technical Competency

Thesis Committees will assess the technical competency of students based on their performance in programmatic courses identified by each committee as appropriate to the student, as well as their performance in a research setting.

Communication Skills

Assessed by Thesis Committees and other who evaluate student performance on seminars, prospectus, oral and written reports, papers presented and/or submitted, and thesis.

Analytical and/or Critical Thinking Skills

Assessed by Thesis Committees and other who evaluate student performance on seminars, prospectus, oral and written reports, publication reviews, papers presented and/or submitted, and thesis.


Thesis presentation, written and oral. Assessed by Thesis Committees.

Career Possibilities

A Ph.D. degree, the terminal degree in the field of chemistry, provides a wide variety of career opportunities performing forefront research in areas as diverse as chemistry, materials research, renewable energy studies, the petroleum industry, the food industry, pharmaceuticals, and environmental studies, as well as many others. Furthermore, a Ph.D. degree is generally required to obtain a university faculty position to help educate the next generation of scientists.

Which department am I in?

College of Sciences

Study options

Full Time (60 credit hours for Post-Bachelor's Track; 30 credit hours for Post-Master's Track)

Tuition fees
US$22,807.00 per year
Start date

18 January 2022, 29 August 2022


College of Sciences

4505 S. Maryland Pkwy.,



89154, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Admission to the Ph.D. degree program in Chemistry requires a B.S. degree or a M.S. degree in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biology, or a related discipline.

A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.00, on a 4.0 scale, for all undergraduate or graduate work is required for admission to the program.

English Proficiency Requirement:

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Minimum score: 6.5; Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (Paper-based) Minimum score: 74; (Computer-based) Minimum score: 213; (Internet-based) Minimum score: 80. Michigan Test of English Language Placement (MTELP) - Minimum score: 85; Pearson Test of English (PTE)- Minimum score: 65.

Application Deadline: Feb 1 for fall semester; Oct. 1 for spring semester.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.