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Chemistry Ph.D.

Offered by: Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology The Chemistry Ph.D. program is a full-time thesis-based research program. This program contains a substantial research component and requires original and significant research contributions by the student.

Degree Overview

Since the program contains a substantial research component, Ph.D. students are qualified for employment where the ability to design, develop, and complete a research program is expected. The program is part of the Purdue University system-wide doctoral program in chemistry, and, as such, identical requirements apply to all campuses participating in the program.

To establish candidacy, students must pass five written “cumulative” examinations within their first four semesters and an oral examination prior to the end of their fifth semester of graduate study. The oral examination will include a discussion of the student’s research and defense of an original research proposal that is different from the student’s thesis research.

Course requirements include a core of three courses in the student’s major division plus three additional courses outside the major division. A number of additional courses may be recommended that cover material appropriate to the written part of the preliminary examination.

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Degree requirements

A Ph.D. Degree in the IUPUI Dept. of Chemistry and Chemical Biology requires 90 credit hours made up of 20 credit hours of course work and 70 credit hours of research. Here is the list of the Ph.D. requirements: 

Ph.D. Required Components and Milestones

Financial support

The department provides support to all full-time Ph.D. graduate students in good standing through Teaching Assistantships, Research Assistantships, Fellowships, Scholarships and Fee Remissions. Various rules apply to these funding sources.

Additional Resources

Interview with a researcher in nanotechnology and cancer detection

Thakshila Liyanage Analytical Chemistry, Ph.D. student