Chemistry & Biochemistry PhD, MA, MS

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers programs leading to the PhD, MS, and MA degrees. Financial support for PhD students is available in the form of teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and fellowships. The thesis for the Master of Science degree or the doctoral dissertation may be in analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, or physical chemistry. Certain courses offered in other departments may be taken for credit for advanced degrees in chemistry if these fit logically into the proposed course of study and have the approval of the candidate’s advisor.

Four major state-of-the-art facilities support the research of faculty and students. These laboratories are operated by PhD-level scientists who provide analytical service and training courses. The Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Complex houses six state-of-the-art NMR spectrometers with operating frequencies ranging from 400 MHz to 850 MHz and one FT-ESR spectrometer. Graduate students routinely use these instruments in their research. The departmental mass spectrometry laboratory encompasses instruments that provide service in electrospray ionization (ESI), matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization (MALDI), chemical ionization (CI), liquid-injection field desorption ionization (LIFDI), and electron ionization (EI) mass spectrometry. Numerous state-of-the art low-resolution and high-resolution GC/MS, LC/MS, and MALDI instruments are available for routine student use. The X-ray laboratory includes two CCD X-ray diffractometers for small molecule crystallography. Our department also houses the university-wide Surface Analysis Facility, which provides analytical capabilities in scanning probe microscopy (SPM), including scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM), Auger electron spectroscopy (AES), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS or ESCA) and time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS).

A research facility to perform macromolecular crystallography is also housed in the department. A wide variety of equipment is available in individual research laboratories. The department maintains electronics, machine, and glass-blowing shops as well as a chemistry reference library.

Program Concentrations:

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry

UD Tuition:

The 2018-19 UD published graduate student tuition rate per credit hour:

Chemistry and Biochemistry–MA: $1,827.00

Chemistry and Biochemistry–MS: $1827

Chemistry and Biochemistry–PHD: $1827

*UD Deans may offer scholarships in specific programs that may reduce the per credit costs.

Application Deadline:

January-31 Priority consideration for admission
March-22: Final deadline to apply

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