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Chemistry, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months


Requirements depend on the choice of the major department. Chemistry departmental requirements include passing the above degree requirements plus 6 additional credit hours in physics at the 500-level or above. Three of the additional physics credit hours can be used to satisfy the 18 credit hour requirement listed above.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    42 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The requirements for the PhD in chemistry (except for the chemical physics concentration) consist of the satisfactory completion of the following requirements:

  • Research and a dissertation to give at least 24 credit hours of graduate credit in CHEM 600. Registration must be continuous from the beginning of research.
  • Required participation in seminar (CHEM 501) at the beginning of the period of graduate study until 6 credit hours of satisfactory credit has been obtained.
  • Prescribed courses based on performance on diagnostic examinations.
  • 18 additional credit hours in courses at the 500-level or above including at least one course above 604 and one of the following sequences:  CHEM 510-CHEM 511-CHEM 513; CHEM 530-CHEM 531-CHEM 532-CHEM 533; CHEM 550-CHEM 551-CHEM 552-CHEM 553;  CHEM 570-CHEM 571-CHEM 572-CHEM 573;  or CHEM 590-CHEM 594-CHEM 595, CHEM 596.

English Language Requirements

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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).

General Requirements

Admission requirements:

  • The completed online Graduate Application for Admission 
  • A non-refundable application fee 
  • One unofficial transcript from all colleges and universities attended submitted on-line at the time of application to the Graduate School
  • The submission of official transcripts and degree certificates
  • Departmental application
  • Reference letters or rating forms

Tuition Fee

  • International

    31538 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31538 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    13120 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13120 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Knoxville

  • 885 - 1460 USD/month
    Living Costs

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