Ph.D. Requirements

Last updated 10/14/2016

View the Graduate School's general guidelines for completing your degree. The Chemistry Department's requirements for the Ph.D. are listed below.

First Year

  • TA Training: First week before the beginning of fall and spring semesters. 
  • Rotations: Three research group rotations, completed by early November.
  • Coursework: Required coursework varies by path (see below). All coursework is to be completed by the end of the third year.

Second Year

  • Thesis background examination (TBE): The examination will consist of a written report and an oral defense.

Third Year

  • Original Research Proposal Examination (RP): The examination will consist of a written proposal and an oral defense.
  • Successfully passing all program requirements through the third year will complete the requirement for admission to candidacy.
  • At least 3 weeks before oral defense, request warrant for Research Proposal here

Fourth Year

  • Fourth-year presentation: Students will give an open oral presentation of their dissertation research.

Fifth Year

  • Dissertation defense: The examination will consist of a written dissertation and an oral defense. 
  • Students who have not set a date for their dissertation defense by the end of their fifth year will meet with their mentoring committee members at least once per year until completion of the degree.
  • At least 3 weeks before oral defense, request PhD Final Degree warrant here 
More details about each graduate path's requirements: