Chemistry (CHEM)

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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers graduate study leading to the PhD degree in Chemistry. Our PhD program in Chemistry has a strong core in the traditional fields of chemistry, including analytical chemistry, chemical physics (in cooperation with the Institute of Physical Sciences & Technology), environmental chemistry, inorganic chemistry, nuclear chemistry, organic chemistry and physical chemistry. In addition to these traditional areas we also have interdisciplinary programs in contemporary areas such as nanoscience, chemical biology, energy sciences, materials chemistry, theoretical chemistry, and supramolecular chemistry.

Admissions Information

Admission to graduate study at the University of Maryland requires a minimum of a Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or equivalent degree. Previous coursework must normally include a minimum of 30 semester or 40 quarter hours of chemistry, with at least 1 year of physical chemistry, 1 year of organic chemistry and 1 semester of inorganic chemistry, as well as laboratory courses in organic chemistry and physical chemistry. A laboratory course in analytical chemistry is also preferred. The following application materials are required: 1) Graduate application; 2) personal statement; 3) general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores; 4) grade transcripts; 5) 3 letters of reference. The chemistry subject GRE score is not required but it can be helpful for a complete evaluation. Applicants from non-English speaking countries must also present the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test of Spoken English (TSE).

Application Deadlines
Type of Applicant Fall Spring

Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and Permanent Residents

Deadline: December 15
Deadline: June 1

International Applicants seeking admission under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas, as well as those seeking admissions under A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.

Deadline: December 15
Deadline: June 1

Application Requirements

  1. GRE General required
  2. 3 Letters of Recommendation
  3. Resume or CV
  4. Transcripts
  5. "Personal Statement".
  6. TOEFL scores for international students

Degree Requirements

Master of Science (M.S.)

The M.S. degree program offers both the thesis and non-thesis options. Twenty-four course credits, including 2 seminar credits and 6 research credits are required for either option. The thesis option requires a seminar presentation and an oral defense of the thesis. The non-thesis option requires writing a "scholarly paper" that is reviewed by a committee of 3 faculty members. Copies of specific regulations are available from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry or on the internet at:

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Twenty-one course credit hours, with twelve credits of research, two seminar presentations, an oral exam for advancement to candidacy, and a dissertation defense are required for the doctoral degree.

Facilities and Special Resources

The Department has state-of-the-art research facilities to support research in the fields listed above. Facilities include "clean" rooms for environmental sample analysis, X-ray crystallographic instrumentation, numerous mass spectrometers, numerous NMR spectrometers including 400, 500, 600 and 800 MHz Fourier-transform NMR spectrometers; an XPS spectrometer, Atomic Force Microscopes, ultracentrifuges, analytical optical spectrometers, and a state-of-the-art computer graphics facility.

Departmental research is supported by a departmental server and many individual faculty work stations. The Department has access to electronics shop and campus machine shops. The Chemistry Library has an extensive collection in chemistry, biochemistry and other fields. Electronic access to journals and literature search databases is available. A Macintosh workstation facility (25 units) is available in the Department for student/faculty use.

Financial Assistance

Ph.D. candidates are normally supported on graduate teaching assistantships during their first year in graduate school. Teaching assistants usually instruct undergraduate laboratory and recitation classes and receive in return a tuition waiver of ten credits each semester, a salary and health care benefits. In subsequent years, Ph.D. candidates are typically supported on graduate research assistantships or fellowships. Financial assistance is not typically available to M.S. candidates.

Contact Information

Information on requirements and research interests of the faculty may be obtained at or from:

Ms. Elizabeth Hontz, Graduate Coordinator
Graduate Programs Office 0129 Chemistry Building,
University of Maryland- College Park,
MD  20742
Telephone: (301) 405-7022 and (301) 405-1028
Fax: (301) 314-9121

Courses: CHEM BCHM

Related Programs and Campus Units

Biological Sciences
Chemical Physics

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