Chemistry, PhD

for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry


department head chemistry: Martin Gruebele


overview of admissions & requirements:

overview of grad college admissions & requirements: https://grad.illinois.edu/admissions/apply


department website: Chemistry

department faculty: https://chemistry.illinois.edu/directory/faculty-by-type

college website: college website


department office: 106 Noyes Laboratory, 505 South Mathews Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801-3080

phone: (217) 333-0711

email: chemistry@illinois.edu


Graduate Degree Programs in Chemistry

Chemistry, MA

Chemistry, MS

Chemistry, PhD

concentrations:

Astrochemistry|Computational Science & Engineering

Chemical Physics, PhD


Teaching of Chemistry, MS


joint programs:

Chemistry, MS & Law, JD

Chemistry, MS & Business Administration, MBA


Admission

Graduate College requirements apply. Further, applicants should have at least 25 semester hours in chemistry (properly distributed) and a grade point average of 3.0 (A = 4.0), to be considered for admission to the graduate programs. Applications from students with less than the usual preparation in chemistry or with grade point averages below 3.0 may be considered on an individual basis. In addition, we ask applicants to submit results from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test and the GRE Chemistry Subject Test.

International students whose native language is not English are required to have a minimum paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 580 (237 on the computer-based test). In addition, teaching is a requirement in the chemistry graduate program, and there are special requirements for applicants whose native language is not English. The University requires a minimum Test of Spoken English (TSE) score of 50. Any applicant whose native language is not English is expected to provide TSE scores in order to receive full consideration for admission and financial aid.

Students who are currently enrolled in graduate programs at other institutions are advised that they should first complete degree work at their current institution before they will be considered for admission to the chemistry PhD program at the University of Illinois. In addition, we require a statement from the applicant and a letter from the applicant’s research adviser or department head detailing the situation. Students might be admitted without a degree from their current institution under exceptional circumstances that will need to be described in detail via a letter from the applicant and a separate statement from the department head of the student's current graduate program.

Contact chemistry graduate admissions for further information. The department does not currently accept applications for the MA program.

Graduate Teaching Experience

Experience in teaching is considered a vital part of the graduate program and is required as part of the academic work of all Ph.D. candidates in this program.

Financial Aid

Support for graduate students is available through fellowships and assistantships. All candidates are considered for these upon application. Graduate students making normal progress toward their degrees generally receive a tuition waiver as well as a stipend.

for the Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry


Doctoral programs are offered in a wide range of specialties, including the traditional areas of analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry as well as materials chemistry and chemical biology. The formal course requirements involve 12 or more hours of 500-level courses, plus 8 or fewer hours of 400-level coures, for a total of 20 hours in chemistry and allied relevant fields. Besides completing formal coursework, students will present a literature seminar, have a formal review of progress following the completion of coursework, pass an oral preliminary examination on research preparation, present and defend an original research proposal not related to their thesis research, and submit a thesis on original research, which is defended at a final oral examination.

For additional details and requirements refer to the department's Graduate Programs and the Graduate College Handbook.

Entering with M.S./M.A. degree

400- 500-level courses in Chemistry or allied fields (max 8 at 400-level)20
Seminar (CHEM 5X5)1
CHEM 599Thesis Research (0 min applied toward degree)0
Total Hours64

Other Requirements

Other requirements may overlap
Teaching experience 1 year
Qualifying Exam Required No
Preliminary Exam Required Yes
Original Research Proposal Yes
Final Exam/Dissertation Defense Required Yes
Dissertation Deposit Required Yes
Minimum GPA: 3.0

Entering with approved B.S./B.A. degree

400- or 500-level courses in the Chemistry or allied fields (max 8 at 400-level)20
Seminar1
CHEM 599Thesis Research (0 min applied toward degree )0
Total Hours96

Other Requirements

Other requirements may overlap
Teaching experience 1 year
Qualifying Exam Required No
Preliminary Exam Required Yes
Original Research Proposal Yes
Final Exam/Dissertation Defense Required Yes
Dissertation Deposit Required Yes
Minimum GPA: 3.0