Prospective Students

Programs of Study

The MSU Chemistry Department offers an exciting range of educational opportunities, with strengths in both the fundamental area of the discipline, and in significant new areas and applications. The Department of Chemistry offers a Ph.D. as the major graduate degree, although a small number of students are admitted to the M.S. degree program. Graduate-level course work and research opportunities are available in physical, organic, inorganic, and analytical chemistry as well as in a substantial number of cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary areas such as polymers, materials, surface science, spectroscopy, theoretical chemistry, and biological chemistry.

Research Facilities

Teaching and research facilities are predominantly located in the Chemistry Building, although faculty and students also pursue research activities in the NIH/MSU Mass Spectrometry Facility in the Biochemistry Building and in the MSU Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory. The Department has an excellent array of state-of-the art equipment for compound characterization, structural studies, and computational work. Notable examples include the Max T. Rogers Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility, The MSU Shared Laser Facility, the Chemistry Department X-ray Facility, and the Chemistry Visualization Facility, all housed in the Chemistry Building. Graduate students have access to all departmental equipment.

Financial Aid

Both teaching assistantships and research assistantships are available in the Department. Outstanding graduate students compete for fellowships at the department, college, university, and national level. Research assistantships are available to work with faculty on funded research projects.

The Application Process

Applications and descriptions of the programs available, including research in progress, may be obtained directly from the Chemistry Department. Transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and Graduate Record Examination scores (General and Chemistry) are required. Applicants should have the equivalent of a bachelor's degree in chemistry by the time that they expect to enroll. International applicants should also submit the results of TOEFL or IELTS tests. While there are no formal application deadlines, early completion of the application process is strongly encouraged.