Degree Requirements

Chemistry Ph.D. Requirements

1. Select Advisory Committee

A student’s academic program is determined by the student’s advisory committee (the major advisor and at least two other members).  Customarily, the research interests of at least one of the members of the committee lie outside the student’s major area of interest.  Members of the committee may be drawn from other units within the university as well as from among specialists in the student’s field of study.  Early choice of a research advisor and dissertation topic allows the student and the committee to design a plan of study best suited to the student.

2. Complete Courses

The Graduate Faculty of Chemistry requires each graduate student to take a minimum of 30 course credits of graduate work beyond the Bachelor’s degree, in addition to 15 credits of GRAD 6950, as required by the Graduate School. The Department does encourage extensive work in the major area and at least nine credits in a non-major area (usually chemistry but also areas such as biochemistry, chemical engineering, pharmacy, physics, and mathematics). It is most common for 21-27 course credits to be required beyond the Master’s degree, unless a student earns a Master’s degree in this Department as a step toward the Ph.D. In the latter case, all graduate credits may count toward the minimum of 30 course credits for the Ph.D., if approved by the advisory committee and the Graduate Records Office.

3. Pass General Exam

After qualification, the student must pass the General Examination, consisting of a written and an oral portion as determined by his or her selected division (Analytical, Biological, Environmental, Inorganic, Organic, Physical, or Polymer).  The General Examination, is generally completed during the second or third year of graduate work.

4. Submit Dissertation Prospectus

A Dissertation Prospectus must be filed with the Graduate School at least six months before submission of the dissertation, but preferably much earlier. If you do not meet the six-month requirement, you will not graduate until six-months after submitting your Prospectus.

The primary requirement for the Ph.D. degree is submission of a dissertation that makes a significant contribution to the candidate’s field of specialization.  Specific requirements for submission of the Ph.D. dissertation are provided on the Graduate School’s website.

M.S. Degree Requirements

A master’s degree may be earned under either of two plans as determined by the advisory committee.

Graduate School Requirements

In addition to reading the information presented here, all graduate students are encouraged to examine the Graduate School website for regulations concerning graduate study at the University of Connecticut. The general degree requirements are given in the University of Connecticut Graduate Handbook.