The Department of Chemistry offers graduate programs leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees across a broad spectrum of fields including analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic, polymer, and physical chemistry as well as chemical physics. A recent ACS survey found that 90% of Ph.D. chemists find their work challenging and are working in their fields of interest.

Why graduate studies in Chemistry at Marquette?

Be prepared. You'll have opportunities to participate in world-class scientific
experiments, submit articles to journals and present your work at scientific meetings.

Be impressed. You'll work in newly renovated research labs with
state-of-the-art instrumentation and have access to the university’s parallel
computer cluster.

Be independent. We’ll help you grow as an independent scientist by honing
your research, oral communication and written communication skills.

Be flexible. A flexible curriculum allows you to tailor a program to fit your
individual interests. And a flexible schedule, including many evening classes,
allows you to complete the program on a part- or full-time basis.

Be noticed. Thanks to a ratio of one full-time faculty member for every four
students, you’re never just a face in a crowd. Far from it — the mentoring
relationships you develop here will carry into your professional life.

Be supported. We offer financial aid to students every year in the form of
research assistantships or teaching assistantships with tuition credits, a
competitive stipend and health care benefits.

Doctoral program degree requirements

Chemistry Graduate Student Resources

Graduate Student Handbook

One resource that all graduate students should become familiar with is the Graduate Student Handbook. It outlines the general and specific requirements for the PhD and MS degrees as well as important procedures and milestones that students must meet in order to satisfy the requirements of their degree. Additional information can also be found in the Graduate Bulletin.

Important forms can be found on the Graduate School's website.

Careers in Chemistry

Marquette has a partnership with the career development platform Handshake, which provides access to job postings and can help you schedule appointments for interviews at career fairs. The Career Services Center can also help you develop elevator pitches about your research, teach you how to write an effective resume/CV, and improve your interviewing skills.

The American Chemical Society, the nation's leading professional organization for chemistry, has a job board on their website and offers career services to its members. Their weekly publication, Chemical & Engineering News, also publishes a monthly column on career tips.

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