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McMicken College of Arts & Sciences

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The Department of Chemistry offers courses of study leading to the PhD degree with opportunities for research in all major sub-disciplines: biochemistry, analytical, inorganic, organic, physical and theoretical/computational chemistry. The 4:1 student-to-faculty ratio assures students of individual guidance, yet the total size of the department provides excellent research facilities, as well as opportunities for collaborative and interdisciplinary study.

The program of study provides a good balance between formal course work and actual research experience with special emphasis given to preparing students for life after graduate school. First-year students select a research adviser before taking Introduction to Research in the winter, providing a smooth transition from the initial course work to the research phase of their graduate program. Regular departmental colloquia feature speakers from other universities and industrial and government laboratories discussing current research in chemistry. Students also participate in a weekly seminar program, gaining experience in presenting and discussing their own research. Students are encouraged to present their research at local, regional, national and international meetings, as well as publish their research findings in peer-reviewed journals.


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Program Code



5 years


Main Campus


McMicken College of Arts and Sciences


1501-B Crosley Tower
Department of Chemistry
George Stan
Phone: 513-556-3049

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Admission Requirements

  1. Three letters of recommendation
  2. CV/Resume
  3. Personal statement of research interests (including area of proposed study such as organic, physical, etc.) and reason for wanting to attend the University of Cincinnati.
  4. GRE score >285 (verbal & quantitative)
  5. TOEFL score (international students only) iBT >85 (with speaking >17) OR IELTS 6.5+ OR Pearson Test of English (PTE) OR ELS Level 112 courses.
  6. Official transcripts of all colleges/universities attended (only required if accepting an offer of admission. Unofficial transcripts are used for evaluation purposes only).



Application Deadlines

If you would like to submit an electronic application for the Chemistry program, please visit our On-Line Graduate School Application and complete the form.

Make sure to visit the Chemistry website or contact the program directly for information about application requirements or to inquire about materials that need to be submitted when applying to this program.


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