Degree Progress

Requirement M.S. Ph.D.
Proficiency Exams Beginning of 1st or 2nd semester Beginning of 1st or 2nd semester
Coursework 15 grad credits, 6 classes – first 1 ½ years 18 grad credits, 8 classes – first 2 years
Selection of Research Advisor Middle of 1st semester Middle of 1st semester
Selection of Committee 1st summer in program 1st summer in program
Fall Poster Session After 1st summer of research After 1st summer of research
Literature Seminar 2nd year 2nd year
Cumulative Exams Start at the beginning of 2nd year – need 6 points in 8 tries. (2014 onwards – 5 points in 6 tries)
Oral Candidacy Exam (Proposal Defense) 6 months after completion of cumulative exams. (2014 onwards – beginning of 6th semester in program)
Candidacy Application After formal courses and literature seminar are complete After formal courses, literature seminar, cumulative exams and proposal defense are complete
Graduation Application At the beginning of the semester that you plan to graduate At the beginning of the semester that you plan to graduate

 Graduate Handbook References

The following table summarizes the most important requirements of the graduate programs in chemistry.  The page numbers refer to the page numbers in the current edition of the Graduate Handbook.  This information should enable chemistry graduate students to easily check on their progress through the program requirements

Requirement Graduate Handbook Reference
Cumulative Exams pp. 19
Oral Candidacy Exam(Proposal Defense) pp. 19-20 – MUST NOTIFY DR. ALVAREZ OF DATE, TIME, LOCATION  AND TITLE OF PROPOSAL TWO WEEKS IN ADVANCE
Candidacy Application M.S. – p. 22   Ph.D. – p. 20
Credits Required for Graduation M.S. – 12 credits CHEM 697; 30 total                           Ph.D. – 30 credits CHEM 697; 60 total
Thesis/Dissertation Defense M.S. – p. 23   Ph.D. – p. 20MUST NOTIFY DR. ALVAREZ OF DATE, TIME, LOCATION  AND TITLE OF THESIS/DISSERTATION TWO WEEKS IN ADVANCE
Graduation Application pp. 31-32

Graduate Curriculum Map

                    Graduate Curriculum Map

Registration:

All students
  • Register BEFORE ADD/DROP is over
  • Register for CHEM 690 (seminar) every semester, except the semester that you give your literature seminar, when you will register for CHEM 692
Full-time students
  • Register for a minimum of 9 credits, or 12 credits if still taking formal classes
Part-time students
  • Register for seminar and at least 1 credit of CHEM 697 each semester you are working in the lab

Important Links:

Candidacy Application
Graduation Application
Graduation Application Procedures
 

Important Contacts:

Admissions Issues
Chemistry Graduate Director
Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Director
Chemical Biology Director