Polymer Science (PhD)

Polymer Science (PhD)

The Doctoral degree is awarded for the completion of a prescribed program of course studies, cumulative exams, a formal presentation, research presentation, and doctoral defense of the research doctoral dissertation. The Ph.D. in Polymer Science is considered to be recognition that the recipient has carried out independent and original research at the prevailing advanced level of polymer science understanding.    


Admission Requirements

  • GRE
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose

Students with an undergraduate degree in chemistry, physics, engineering, or polymer science with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better may apply.

Students holding a degree in biology or natural sciences will be expected to have taken the following additional courses on the undergraduate level:

  • Calculus III and/or Differential Equations
  • Organic Chemistry I and II
  • Thermodynamics
  • Physics I and II

For highly-qualified students lacking no more than one of the required courses, a special provisional admission may be given for one semester, followed by full admission upon student's successful completion of the undergraduate course.

Application Deadline

  • December 1 (early consideration deadline) for Fall enrollment
  • February 1 (final deadline) for Fall enrollment

Assistantship/Scholarship Information

All assistantships (and any fellowships) are awarded through the academic department. Students interested in obtaining an assistantship must apply. New students may indicate on their online application for admission that they would like to be considered for an assistantship. Current students must contact the academic department for application information. Each department may have different requirements for assistantship applicants, so all students should contact the academic department to determine these particular requirements. Only those students fully admitted to a master’s or doctoral degree-seeking program are eligible for a graduate assistantship. Students admitted as non-degree seeking or to a certificate program may not hold an assistantship.

Financial Aid Information

Paying for college is a vital part of the education process. It is important to be informed of the many sources of aid available. Student loans are available to degree-seeking graduate students. Information on student loans can be found through the Office of Student Financial Aid. The Office of Student Financial Aid is located in Simmons Hall.

Tuition and Fees

Current tuition and fees schedules can be found through the Office of Student Accounts.


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