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Division of Natural Sciences & MathematicsDepartment of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Degree Programs


Graduate Program

The aim of graduate education is to create individuals with the capacity to learn independently and the ability to define and attack new problems. Chemists with graduate degrees are people who can both advance the fundamental understanding of their discipline and communicate what they have learned to others. The goal of the Graduate Program in Chemistry at DU is to realize the full development of the talents in each of our students. The various facets of the graduate experience have been crafted with that objective in mind. The size of our graduate program in chemistry allows us to maintain an informal environment in our department that both facilitates interactions between graduate students and members of the faculty and gives careful attention to the needs and aspirations of each student.

An advanced degree in chemistry or biochemistry can open up many interesting and challenging opportunities in today's technological society. In addition to seeking careers in traditional academic and industrial research environments, advanced degree holders in chemistry often go on to professional schools. This provides the possibility of exciting careers in medicine or areas that combine science with law, business, or public policy. 

Please refer to the .pdf at left titled "Summary of Graduate Admission Requirements" as most questions you may have may be answered there. Please note that all applications must be received online and our priority application deadline is January 15. Email inquiries on any graduate subject may be sent to Professor Michelle Knowles, Chair of Graduate Admissions, at [email protected].

Financial Aid

Most graduate students in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry are provided financial support as teaching assistants or research assistants. Both positions provide a full tuition waiver, health insurance, and a stipend.

Available Degrees

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Denver offers a variety of options to suit the needs of each student with the following degrees:

The MA degree is designed primarily for students wanting to teach at the high school level. Although the main focus is formal course work, students become involved in a laboratory project; however, there is no thesis requirement. A full-time student can expect to take 18 months to complete this degree.

The MS degree has a strong research emphasis and requires a thesis representing a substantial research project. Those holding an MS degree in chemistry are currently much sought after by employers in the chemical, biotech, and environmental industries, as well as government laboratories. These employers are looking for strong laboratory skills and well-developed chemical instincts. A full-time student will typically take two to two and one-half years to complete this degree. 

The PhD degree is the highest degree awarded and is intended for students whose goal is a career in scientific research. The ultimate aim of this degree is to train a scientist who can independently pursue a research project.

Graduate admission requirements