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Chemistry, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #101 (ARWU) Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Research programs leading to the Chemistry Doctor of Philosophy degree are offered in the areas of analytical, biological, inorganic, materials, organic, and physical chemistry and in chemical physics. Please refer to our website to learn about the research interests of our faculty members.
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All graduate students are encouraged to select a research director and to begin their thesis research no later than the end of the second semester in residence. The graduate program is flexible in order to meet the specific objectives of the candidate. It is possible to work on a problem involving collaborations with more than one faculty member.

At the beginning of the third year, all students must pass an informal oral examination designed to assure that significant progress has been made in the design and execution of the Ph.D. research project. Students are required to give a seminar in the Department. The Ph.D. course of study typically requires 4-5 years. The final requirement for graduation is an oral defense of a thesis written by the candidate as a formal exposition of his or her research accomplishments.

The Graduate Education Committee monitors the progress of students. This committee handles all problems students might have with degree requirements and is the place to go to seek clarification and consideration.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Students complete a series of approximately eight half-semester courses during their first year in residence. The choice of courses depend upon the area of specialization. All students receive counseling to assist them with the proper choice of courses.

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

  • Graduation from a recognized four-year college, university, or institute of technology.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • GRE scores are required. Applicants should take the package of General Test measures containing the Mathematical Reasoning test.
  • TSE score of at least 50.
  • TOEFL score of at least 630 on the paper based exam or 250 on the computer based exam.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    30371 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30371 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Salt Lake City

  • 1000 - 1730 USD/month
    Living Costs

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