Chemistry- Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy
For information, contact:
Chair, Graduate Admission Committee
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
160 Hughes Laboratories, 513-529-2813
Research Areas and Facilities
The department has B.S./M.S., M.S., and Ph.D. programs in analytical chemistry, biochemistry, chemistry education research, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry, as well as in interdisciplinary areas such as biophysical chemistry, molecular biology, structural biology, materials chemistry, and nanotechnology. These programs are well supported by an active staff, excellent teaching and research facilities, and a full range of instrumentation.
The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry houses a collection of magnetic resonance instrumentation not found at most universities. Among these instruments are an 850 MHz solution NMR spectrometer and a multi-frequency pulse EPR. Additional information regarding our NMR, EPR, and Mass Spec facilities can be found at http://www.instrumentationlab.miamioh.edu/.
Admission Requirements & Application Procedures
This program is only for undergraduates in good standing at Miami University. Students may declare their interest in enrolling in the combined program at any time during their academic career at Miami, but ideally by spring semester of their junior year. Upon earning a minimum of 64 credit hours and having a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or greater, students may apply for admission to the combined program. Students must have passed one semester of (Bio) Physical Chemistry (CHM 451/CHM 551 or CHM 471/CHM 571) and be enrolled in the spring semester (CHM 452/CHM 552 or CHM 472/CHM 572). If the student intends to complete a thesis, the student must have initiated undergraduate research and have support of undergraduate research mentor.
To apply, students must: complete the Graduate School online application and pay the application fee. Be sure to check "combined program." Three letters of recommendation from faculty members must be submitted, including one from the research mentor if the student intends to complete a thesis. The student must also submit a plan of study that details how they will complete the requirements for the degree.
M.S. and Ph.D. Programs
New students are generally admitted only in the fall semester of the year. Entry into the program requires completion of a bachelor's degree in chemistry or biochemistry or a closely related field from an accredited college or university. Typical coursework includes:
- Two semesters of general chemistry plus laboratory
- Two semesters of organic chemistry plus laboratory
- Two semesters of physical chemistry plus laboratory
- Two of the following three courses: analytical chemistry, biochemistry, and inorganic chemistry
While a student need not have taken a curriculum approved by the American Chemical Society, the coursework in chemistry, physics, and mathematics should be similar to those of approved programs (e.g., two or more semesters of calculus and calculus-based physics).
The admissions process involves two steps:
- the Graduate School accepts students into the graduate program and
- the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry awards teaching assistantships to students who have been accepted by the Graduate School.
To apply to the graduate school, students must:
- Apply online to the Miami University Graduate School
- Pay the online application fee
- Provide names and contact information for three people to write letters of recommendation.
- Provide transcripts. Applicants may be given provisional acceptance on the basis of unofficial transcripts if they have not yet completed the final year of their current program.
- Request that ETS send an official report of your general GRE scores (required). The subject GRE Chemistry or Biochemistry score is optional.
- Request that ETS send an official report of your TOEFL scores if your native language is not English.
The M.S. degree requires a minimum of 30 semester hours and normally can be completed in two years. Students are required to demonstrate competence (through examination or additional coursework) in at least three disciplines of chemistry.
Thesis Option: The minimum graded coursework is five (5) graduate courses comprising at least 13 credit hours, with at least two (2) of these hours in courses numbered 600 and above. Students must select an advising committee during year 1 to approve their plan of study, and must hold a conference with that committee at the end of year 1 to discuss their proposed research. Students must write and defend a thesis based on original research conducted during the course of the degree.
Non-thesis Option: The degree requires a minimum of 30 semester hours. The minimum graded coursework is eight (8) graduate courses comprising at least 19 credit hours, with at least ten (10) of these hours in courses numbered 600 and above. Students must select an advising committee during year 1 to approve their plan of study, and their proposed topic for advanced study. Students must write and defend a report based on the advanced study conducted during the course of the degree.
The Ph.D. degree requires a minimum of 60 semester hours beyond the master’s degree (or its equivalent). Well-prepared students can skip the M.S. and proceed directly toward the Ph.D. degree that typically requires four to five years to complete. Requirements include:
- Coursework. The minimum graded coursework is seven (7) graduate courses comprising at least 17 credit hours, with at least four (4) of those hours in courses numbered 600 and above. In addition, students must demonstrate proficiency in at least three disciplines of chemistry (analytical, biochemistry, chemistry education research, inorganic, organic, or physical) either by successfully passing the ACS Exam in that discipline or by completing a course in that discipline during the first three semesters of the program. Additional courses in the student’s designated area of research are required as determined by the student’s faculty committee.
- Seminars. Students are required to enroll in discipline-specific and departmental seminars each semester.
- Written and Oral Exams. Students must hold a conference at the end of year 1 to discuss their proposed research. Students must pass written, monthly cumulative exams during their second year, and successfully defend an original research proposal by the end of their third year.
- Original Research. Students must write and defend a dissertation regarding the findings of their research.