Chemistry Master's and Ph.D. Programs

Program Description


  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Bioanalytical Chemistry
  • Biophysical Chemistry
  • Chemical Physics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry offers outstanding research and educational opportunities in its graduate programs, leading to the master of science or doctoral degrees. The heart of the graduate degree is research, conducted in concert with a faculty mentor. The program requires 24 hours of course work, and students are advanced to Ph.D. candidacy after successfully completing a literature seminar (4th semester) and research meeting (5th semester). The program emphasizes development of the whole scientist.

Subspecialty areas of research within the Department of Chemistry include: photochemistry; molecular spectroscopy; medicinal chemistry and drug discovery; materials chemistry and nanotechnology; organometallic, physical organic, bioorganic, polymer, and theoretical chemistry; and chemical dynamics.

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.


Visit the Chemistry department web page for more detailed program information.

Requirements and course work can be found on the Graduate School Bulletin.

Take the next step towards your future

  • Request Information
  • Application Details
  • Doctoral Degree Requirements
  • Financial Aid

Ready to learn more about Marquette's Chemistry graduate program? Request more information now or schedule a campus visit.

Graduate Program Recruiter

Tim Carter

phone: (414) 288-7139


Email the Graduate School

*required field


Application Deadlines

Students typically begin their studies in the fall of each academic year. Admission is on a rolling basis, so applicants are encouraged to apply early.

This program has rolling admissions, which means you may apply any time before the following dates:

  • Fall term admissions- August 1 (June 1 for international applicants)

  • Spring term admissions- December 15 (October 15 for international applicants)

These are the dates your application must be complete and all required documentation must be received in the Graduate School by these dates.

However, applicants who wish to be considered for merit-based financial aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships) should be aware of the merit-based financial aid deadlines by which all applicant materials must be received by the Graduate School:

  • Fall (August) Term: February 15

  • Spring (January) Term: November 15

  • Summer (May) Term: April 15

Application Requirements

1 Upon admission, final official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities, with certified English translations if original language is not English, must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record. 

  • 18 hours of formal coursework (selected in consultation with faculty advisor)
  • 6 hours of independent study
  • Research/literature seminar presented in 4th semester
  • Doctoral qualifying exam (research meeting) in 5th semester

The Department of Chemistry offers financial aid to students every year in the form of research assistantships or teaching assistantships with tuition credits, a
competitive stipend and subsidized health care benefits. Private scholarships may also be available. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses as well.