Chemistry- M.S., Ph.D.

For information, contact:
Chair, Graduate Admission Committee
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
160 Hughes Laboratories (513-529-2813)

Research Areas and Facilities

The department has M.S. and Ph.D. programs in analytical chemistry, biochemistry, chemistry education research, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, as well as in interdisciplinary areas such as biophysical chemistry, molecular biology, structural biology, materials chemistry, and nanotechnology. These programs are well supported by an active staff, excellent teaching and research facilities in a newly renovated building, and a full range of instrumentation.

The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry houses a collection of magnetic resonance instrumentation not found at most universities. Among these instruments are an 850 MHz solution NMR spectrometer and a Q-band pulse EPR. Additional information regarding our NMR, EPR, and Mass Spec facilities can be found at

Admission Requirements & Application Procedures

New students are generally admitted only in the fall semester of the year. Entry into the program requires completion of a bachelor's degree in chemistry or biochemistry or a closely related field from an accredited college or university. Typical coursework includes:

  1. Two semesters of general chemistry plus laboratory
  2. Two semesters of organic chemistry plus laboratory
  3. Two semesters of physical chemistry plus laboratory
  4. Two of the following three courses: analytical chemistry, biochemistry, and inorganic chemistry

While a student need not have taken a curriculum approved by the American Chemical Society, the coursework in chemistry, physics, and mathematics should be similar to those of approved programs (e.g., two or more semesters of calculus and calculus-based physics).

The admissions process involves two steps: (1) the Graduate School accepts students into the graduate program and (2) the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry awards teaching assistantships to students who have been accepted by the Graduate School. To apply to the graduate school, students must:

  1. Apply online to the Miami University Graduate School
  2. Pay the online application fee
  3. Provide names and contact information for three people to write letters of recommendation
  4. Provide two official transcripts
  5. Request that ETS send an official report of your general GRE scores (required) and your subject GRE Chemistry score (optional)
  6. Request that ETS send an official report of your TOEFL scores if your native language is not English

Additionally, in order for the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry to award a teaching assistantship, students must complete an additional online application regarding specific interests in chemistry: Graduate Program Application.

Program Requirements:

The M.S. degree requires a minimum of 30 semester hours and normally can be completed in two years. Students must hold a conference at the end of year 1 to discuss their proposed research, as well as write and defend a thesis based on original research s/he has conducted.

A minimum of 60 semester hours beyond the master’s degree (or its equivalent) is required. Well-prepared students can skip the M.S. and proceed directly toward the Ph.D. degree that typically requires four to five years to complete. Requirements include:

  1. Coursework. Students must demonstrate proficiency in at least three disciplines of chemistry (analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic, or physical) either by successfully passing the ACS Exam in that discipline or by completing a course in that discipline during the first three semesters of the program. Additional courses in the student’s designated area of research are required as determined by the student’s faculty committee.
  2. Seminars. Students are required to enroll in discipline-specific and departmental seminars each semester.
  3. Written and Oral Exams. Students must hold a conference at the end of year 1 to discuss their proposed research. Students must pass written, monthly cumulative exams during their second year, and successfully defend an original research proposal by the end of their third year.
  4. Original Research. Students must write and defend a dissertation regarding the findings of their research.

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