Graduate Degree Program Summary
Graduate programs offered
Earn a Graduate Degree
- MS or PhD in Chemistry with optional specialization:
- Chemistry Teaching at the Postsecondary Level
- Environmental Studies
Areas of Study
These informal areas of focus may help to shape your course of study but they will not appear on transcripts.
- Analytical Chemistry
- Biophysical Chemistry
- Chemical Education
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Physical Chemistry
Online and Distance OpportunitiesSome online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.
Application checklist and deadlines
1. Required by Graduate Studies
Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.
2. Required by Chemistry
After you apply, allow one business day for us to set up your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these requirements.
- Entrance exam(s): GRE (Chemistry subject test recommended)
- Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
- Three recommendation letters
- Statement of purpose
When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.
Application Deadlines for Chemistry
- For domestic students or international students currently attending a college or university in the US: January 15 for Fall. September 30 for Spring.
- For International Students: December 15 for Fall. September 15 for Spring.
- About deadlines: The Department of Chemistry encourages applicants to send all application materials as early as possible and prefers to receive applications by the deadlines listed above but will consider applications received after those dates depending on the availability of assistantships. Early registration will increase applicants' opportunities to get into their desired area of study and be awarded one of the program's premium fellowships.
Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. UNL's academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some UNL programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years; if your desired entry term isn't mentioned here, you may want to consult the department for clarification.
Programs leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry are available. Areas of emphasis include analytical, bio-, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry. Students are also able to participate in interdisciplinary studies through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Center for Materials and Nanoscience, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Center for Biotechnology, the University of Nebraska Center for Environmental Toxicology, and the University of Nebraska Cancer Center. The latter two programs run jointly between the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
The graduate program features a "Research First" approach where the focus is research intensive in place of a coursework intensive focus the first year of study. Graduate students have the opportunity to experience research in action by selecting and joining rotation research groups their first year while also participating in some coursework.
The department is the sole occupant of Hamilton Hall, a modern nine-story building containing lecture halls, research and teaching labs, full-time glassblowing and electronics shops, a variety of modern research instrumentation, and the Nebraska Center for Mass Spectrometry.
Cost of attendanceCost differs from one student to another. For details see Tuition, Fees, and Funding or try our Cost Estimator.
Faculty and research
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Synthetic Organic Mechanistic Enzymology; Improved Methods for Catalyst DevelopmentOrganic
Trace Substances in Water; Contaminated WaterAnalytical-Emeritus
Mass Spectrometry; Structure of BiomoleculesAnalytical
Nanomaterials Chemistry; Materials Research for Neutron Detection; Scanning Probe Microscopy for Structural Biology and NanophysicsPhysical
Energy Conversion; Drug DesignOrganic
Mass Spectrometry; Analysis of Oligosaccharides and Glycoconjugates; Analysis of Non-Covalent Biomolecular ComplexesAnalytical and Analytical Biochemistry
Biosyntheic Mechanism and Metabolic Engineering of Natural ProductsOrganic and Biochemistry
Synthesis of Organic Peroxides; New Oxidation ChemistryOrganic
Spectroscopy; Intermolecular Interactions in Organic Solids and CrystalsPhysical
Biodefense Research; Antibiotic Discovery; Pathogenic Bacteria; DNA Replication; BioinformaticsBiochemistry and Biophysical
Chemical Biology; Natural Product Biosynthesis; Synthetic Biology; Biomolecular EvolutionOrganic
Chromatographic-Based Immunoassays; Separation MethodsAnalytical and Analytical Biochemistry
NMR Solution and Solids; Quantum Chemistry; Inelastic Neutron Scattering and Vibrational SpectroscopyBiophysical and Physical
Geometry of Organic MoleculesOrganic-Emeritus
Biosensor Research; Protein ScaffoldsAnalytical and Bioanalytical
Surface Chemistry of Transition Metal OxidesPhysical
Quantam Chemistry; Polarizable Force Field; QM/MM Methods; Continuum Solvation Models; Intermolecular Interaction; PhotochemistryPhysical, Computational and Biophysical
Materials Chemistry; Nanoscience
Rapid Reaction Kinetics; Laser Spectroscopy; Eukaryotic TranscriptionBiophysical and Physical
Bioinformatics; Drug Discovery; Functional Genomics; NMR Spectroscopy; Structural Biology; MetabolomicsAnalytical and Biophysical
Organic Materials with Magnetic and Optical Properties; Organic Radicals for Biomedicine and BiophysicsOrganic
Electrochemistry; Biomaterials; Magnetoresistance; Electron TunnelingAnalytical
Materials science; Inorganic chemistry; Synthesis of Nanomaterials; Self-Assembly Techniques; Nanoscale Device FabricationInorganic
Bioorganic Chemistry; Chemical Biology; Directed Evolution; Small-Molecule Labeling; Split-Protein Reassembly; Protein-Protein Interactions; Protein-Nucleic Acid Interactions; Cell Motility; Cell SignalingBiochemical and Organic
Chemical Educations; Science Education; Research-Practice Gap; Expert-Novice; Mixed-Method Design; Cognitive Task AnalysisChemical Education
Asymmetric Catalysis; Enzyme Inhibitor DesignOrganic
Nanosciences; Computer-Aided Molecular and Materials DesignPhysical
Inorganic Materials Chemistry; Synthetic Nanochemistry; Supramolecular Chemistry; Electrocatalysis; PhotocatalysisInorganic