Why study Chemistry?

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, 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.

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. International Students Only: Proof of English language proficiency such as TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, or PTE score submission. 
  5. Unofficial transcripts of all colleges/universities attended 
  6. NOTE: GRE is no longer required.
  7. Application information: https://www.artsci.uc.edu/departments/chemistry/graduate-programs/application-information.html

Graduates of this major are employed as:

  • scientists in the pharmaceutical industry
  • scientists in state, local, or federal government laboratories
  • scientists in biomedical research labs
  • chemistry and biochemistry teachers and professors
  • industrial research and development scientists, including personal and health care products
  • forensic scientists

Application Deadlines

If you would like to submit an application for the Chemistry program, please visit our Online 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.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

Jimmy Jiang
717 Rieveschl
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0172
(513) 556-1952

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Program Code: 15DOC-CHEM-PHD