Graduate Program FAQs


Q:   What types of graduate degrees are offered by the IUPUI Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology?

  • Our department offers Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees, as well as Master of Science degrees with both thesis and non-thesis options.
  • The Master of Science thesis option requires that 30 hours (combined) of research and coursework be completed, while the Master of Science non-thesis option requires the completion of 30 hours of coursework only.


Q:   How long does it take to complete each degree that you offer within your program?

  • Our Ph.D. degree is expected to take no more than 5 years to complete.
  • Our Master of Science degree takes 2 years to complete on a full-time schedule.  Students who are enrolled part-time may complete their degree in their own time, but must maintain continuous enrollment.


Q:   When are graduate courses offered during the academic year?

  • Graduate courses are offered in the fall and spring semesters, while the summer semesters focus on research endeavors.


Q:   What research opportunities are available to students who are enrolled in your graduate program?


Q:   Upon earning a graduate degree from the IUPUI Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, from which institution will I have earned my degree? 

  • Upon completion of the required course work and research hours, the degree that you earn will be a Purdue University degree.


Q:   What is the procedure for applying to the graduate program?


Q:   What is the minimum GPA required to be considered for acceptance into the graduate program?

  • The minimum GPA required to be considered for admittance is a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.


Q:   Do all students who are accepted into your graduate program receive financial support?

  • All Ph.D. graduate students who are accepted into our program receive financial support in the form of stipends and assistantships.  Financial support may vary for students who are accepted into the Master of Science program on a full-time basis.  There is no support for part-time MS students.


Q:   When does the IUPUI Chemistry & Chemical Biology department begin accepting applications into their graduate program?

  • We begin accepting applications on October 1st, and will continue to accept them through January 15th.  The candidates whose applications we receive during this time will be considered for admittance into the program for the upcoming academic year.


Q:   Who are the graduate program contacts within your department?