Chemistry Degree Requirements

The Graduate Program in Chemistry is structured to develop strong, independent researchers and inspiring, effective teachers. To this end, the requirements for the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees are tied to a set of specific degree goals.

Both M.A. and Ph.D. degrees are awarded. The M.A. degree is a research thesis degree and is required to proceed towards a Ph.D. dissertation. The requirements for both the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees are listed below. 

Masters degrees awarded from other institutions may be accepted as a prerequisite for entry into the Ph.D. program. Persons who have completed graduate level courses at other institutions may transfer up to two courses to be counted towards the M.A. requirements.

M.A. Degree Requirements

  • Four chemistry graduate courses
  • Two supervised research courses
  • Satisfactory performance on the 2nd year proficiency exam
  • One M.A. thesis and oral defense

Ph.D. Degree Requirements

  • Two additional graduate courses
  • A Ph.D. qualifying examination consisting of one original chemical research proposal, accompanied by a public presentation and oral defense
  • One doctoral dissertation, accompanied by a public presentation and oral defense

In addition to the requirements, each student working towards a Ph.D. degree is expected to:

  • present research and participate in at least one national conference

Typical time to the M.A. degree for students entering with a bachelor's degree in chemistry is two years and about five years to the Ph.D. degree. Graduate coursework may be completed at Bryn Mawr College and at the University of Pennsylvania.