Programs leading to a Ph.D. degree in chemistry with areas of emphasis including 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.
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Graduate Admission Requirements
- Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
- One set of transcripts.
- If the student’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required.
- If International: upload copies of all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certiﬁcates, diplomas, and degrees plus certiﬁed English translations.
* Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certiﬁed records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certiﬁed copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.
- If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
- Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.
Major Admission Requirements
- GRE Subject Test: Encouraged but not required.
- Three recommendation letters
- Personal Statement: In two pages or less, this statement should describe your research interests, your motivation to pursue graduate study in chemistry, any relevant research or teaching experience, or anything else you would like us to know about you.
- Faculty: Identify up to four faculty members you are interested in working with.
- For international students: January 15 for Fall. September 15 for Spring.
- For domestic students or international students currently attending a college or university in the us: January 15 for Fall. September 30 for Spring.
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
NOTE: When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed
* Updates to graduate program pages are made on an annual basis in conjunction with the Graduate Application for Admission.
The University of Nebraska does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment.