What will I learn?

The Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry at Western Michigan University offers a unique combination of traditional rigorous research experience, breadth of coursework, and training in effective communication of scientific concepts. This program is specifically designed for students who wish to pursue careers in chemistry that require excellence in research. The communication requirement also provides excellent training for careers in academia, government and industry.

The program will enhance your abilities to plan, conduct, analyze and report original research. Required coursework enhances your scientific preparation and supports your research.


The Ph.D. program in the Department of Chemistry at Western Michigan University offers a state of the art research experience with a broad span of coursework that is critical to careers in academia, government and industry.

The educational goals of the program stress:

Breadth of knowledge in chemistry – The breadth required to teach college level chemistry successfully and to perform meaningful research in chemical sciences is provided through rigorous coursework and laboratory rotations.
Research – Original research under the guidance of a dissertation committee culminating in a doctoral dissertation in a selected area of chemistry. The program is designed to be completed in four to six years and will prepare Ph.D. level chemists with an appreciation of the interdisciplinary and didactic nature of chemistry and an ability to effectively convey the knowledge.


Our doctoral program allows you to specialize in several areas including:

Synthetic organic chemistry
Medicinal chemistry
Supramolecular chemistry
Inorganic chemistry
Computational chemistry
Bioinorganic chemistry
Bioorganic chemistry
Analytical chemistry
Mass spectrometry
Ultrafast laser spectroscopy
Environmental chemistry

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$13,244.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, September 2022


College of Arts and Sciences

Western Michigan University,

1903 W Michigan Ave,



49008, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution

For international students

A Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in chemistry or higher
Non-chemistry major students should have at least one year of calculus-based physical chemistry
A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
General GRE scores in each category of at least 30th percentile
All international students must provide proof of English proficiency by earning one of the following:

Minimum 81 TOEFL IBT score (internet-based version)
Minimum 6.5 IELTS score

Pearson Test of English, Academic Module (PTE): 54

Michigan English Test (MET): 57

Application deadlines:

You must complete your application no later than Feb. 15 to be considered for fall semester and no later than Aug. 15 for spring semester.

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


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