Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Chemistry Ph.D. program is a full-time thesis-based research program. This program contains a substantial research component and requires original and significant research contributions by the student. As a result, the Ph.D. student is qualified for employment where the ability to design, develop, and complete a research program is expected. The program is part of the Purdue University system-wide doctoral program in chemistry, and, as such, identical requirements apply to all campuses participating in the program.

To establish candidacy, students must pass five written “cumulative” examinations within their first four semesters and an oral examination prior to the end of their fifth semester of graduate study. The oral examination will include a discussion of the student’s research and defense of an original research proposal that is different from the student’s thesis research.

Course requirements include a core of three courses in the student’s major division plus three additional courses outside the major division. A number of additional courses may be recommended that cover material appropriate to the written part of the preliminary examination.

Ph.D. Degree Requirements

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