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. The summary and timeline views for all paths are available.

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 preliminary examination: The examination will consist of a written report and an oral defense.

Third Year

  • Original Research Proposal Examination: 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: