Graduate Study in Chemistry

Chemistry at The University of Akron is one of the leading graduate degree programs at our institution.  We have strong interdisciplinary interactions with related departments such as Polymer Science, Polymer Engineering, Physics and Biology.  We typically have 80 - 100 graduate students, as well as postdoctoral and other visiting scientists, from around the country and the world in our program.  Our faculty consists of 16 tenured and tenure-track faculty, and many adjunct faculty from other departments and from off-campus contribute significantly to graduate level activities.  Our graduate program consistently produces scientific leaders in academia, industry, and government.

The department offers courses of study leading to the degree of Ph.D. in chemistry and also offers a M.S. with Thesis Option as well as M.S. Non-Thesis Option. We approach our graduate education using a very interdisciplinary approach that prepares graduates to be independent researchers, provides them with an education with both breadth and depth in training in chemistry, and just as importantly, focuses on the development of good communication skills.

Support in our program is guaranteed for five years for Ph.D. students in good academic standing, in the form of either teaching or research assistantships for the academic year and the summer.  In addition, tuition is waived.

M.S. with Thesis Option: (30 credit minimum)

  • 24 credits in graduate-level chemistry coursework (with approval of advisor, up to 12 credits may be taken in related areas)
  • 6 credits of research
  • Acceptable thesis
  • Participation in departmental seminars

M.S. Non-Thesis Option: (30 credit minimum)

  • 24 credits of graduate-level chemistry coursework (with approval of advisor, up to 12 credits  may be taken in related areas)
  • 6 credits of chemistry seminars and/or chemistry research and/or graduate-level chemistry courses

As with all masters degrees, all requirements must be completed within six years after beginning graduate-level coursework at The University of Akron.

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