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.

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

There is no financial support available for the Masters only students at this time.  M.S. students must pay their own tuition on a per credit hour basis and are not eligible for teaching assistantships/fellowships.

More information on the admission requirements can be found here.

Requirements for both M.S. degree and the Ph.D. can be found here.