Chemistry, PhD—Advanced Entry

Advanced entry into the PhD program requires a master’s degree in chemistry or a related area. Graduate courses taken during acquisition of the Master of Science degree allow completion of the PhD program with fewer course credits. Other than the course requirements, which are specified separately, see the PhD program requirements for details.

Industry Entry PhD

This program is strictly for students who already have a master’s degree in chemistry or related area and have full-time employment at a company. The company must commit to all financial responsibilities accrued in obtaining the degree and allow time for the student to work on a PhD thesis in collaborative research with a company supervisor and one of our faculty members. Graduate courses in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology are taught in the evenings to accommodate the fact that our students work in industry during the day.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.


Three qualifying examinations
Annual review
Dissertation committee
Minimum of three seminars
Dissertation defense

Core Requirements

CHEM 5600Research Skills and Ethics in Chemistry3
CHEM 7750Advanced Problem Solving3
CHEM 8504Graduate Seminar1


Complete the following (repeatable) course twice:
CHEM 9990Dissertation0

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

7 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required