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Chemistry, Ph.D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #301 (ARWU) Burlington, VT, United States
The chemistry department offers M.S. and Ph.D. graduate programs in analytical, inorganic, organic or physical chemistry. In recent years about eight students per year have received the Ph.D.—the size of the student body makes for close faculty-student contacts and an informal, stimulating atmosphere. It is of note that we also offer an Accelerated Masters Program in Chemistry.
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The educational philosophy of the department allows for considerable flexibility in a student's graduate program. You may take courses in fields outside the department, such as biochemistry, pharmacology, physics, mathematics, environmental science, and other science areas in a program tailored to your interests and needs. In the chemistry department, courses are offered in inorganic chemistry, organometallic chemistry, physical inorganic chemistry, synthetic organic chemistry, physical organic chemistry, heterocyclic chemistry, advanced analytical chemistry, optical spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, electrochemistry, thermodynamics, quantum chemistry and polymer chemistry.

We evaluate applications based on transcript information, GRE (general test), statement of purpose, and recommendation letters in order to develop an understanding of an applicant's likelihood of succeeding in our program. Most successful graduate students started with a strong background in all four sub-disciplines of chemistry, and many engaged in research during their undergraduate careers. Non-traditional students, such as those who worked in the chemical industry after graduation, have also been successful. 

UVM undergraduates who will be graduating and wish to enter our graduate program are not admitted to the Ph.D. program. We feel that diversity of experience is important in professional development, so we encourage our undergraduates to go on to other nationally recognized programs. However, we do admit occasional UVM undergraduates to our master’s program for two reasons: to allow undergraduate biochemistry majors to take chemistry coursework to prepare them for a Ph.D. program in chemistry and to allow students who have significant ties to the Burlington area to remain for an additional time.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Applicants who have submitted applications by January 1 will receive priority consideration into the graduate program

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Current Topics in Chemistry
  • Graduate Seminar
  • Chemical Investigations
  • Analytical Spectroscopy
  • Organometallic Chemistry
  • Chemical Thermodynamics
  • Doctoral Dissertation Research
  • Independent Lit Rsch Project
  • Rsch Prob Conception&Solution

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • Ph.D. students are required to take a minimum of three core courses within their area of chemistry specialization (division). In addition, Ph.D. students must meet a distribution requirement by taking a minimum of one course of advanced level work in each of 2 areas outside of their division. 
  • Courses that are valued at 1 credit may not be used to satisfy any coursework requirement, and only one 2-credit course may be used. Thus, the minimum course load for a Ph.D. student is five graduate courses. The Department of Chemistry requires that Ph.D. students maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    39160 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39160 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    39160 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39160 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    16768 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16768 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Burlington

  • 1269 - 1890 USD/month
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