Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate programs offered

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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
  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysical Chemistry
  • Chemical Education
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry

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Some online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.

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Graduate Chair
Dr. Patrick Dussault

Graduate Admissions Chair
Dr. Stephen Morin
402-472-2977 or 877-335-6423

Campus Address
552 Hamilton Hall
Lincoln NE 68588-0304

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Application checklist and deadlines

1. Required by Graduate Studies

2. Required by Chemistry

  • 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, our 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: December 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. Our academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years.


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.

Courses and More

Faculty and research

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David Berkowitz

Synthetic Organic Mechanistic Enzymology; Improved Methods for Catalyst DevelopmentOrganic

James Checco

Chemical Biology; Bioanalytical Chemistry; Design and Synthesis of Biomolecules; Mass Spectrometry; Peptide-Protein Interactions; Cellular CommunicationAnalytical; Biomolecular; Chemical Biology; Organic Synthesis

Chin Li (Barry) Cheung

Nanomaterials Chemistry; Materials Research for Neutron Detection; Scanning Probe Microscopy for Structural Biology and NanophysicsPhysical

Eric Dodds

Mass Spectrometry; Analysis of Oligosaccharides and Glycoconjugates; Analysis of Non-Covalent Biomolecular ComplexesAnalytical; Analytical Biochemistry

Liangchen Du

Biosyntheic Mechanism and Metabolic Engineering of Natural ProductsOrganic; Biochemistry

Patrick Dussault

Synthesis of Organic Peroxides; New Oxidation ChemistryOrganic

Catherine Eichhorn

RNA-Mediated Regulation of Cellular Processes; RNA-Protein Interactions; RNA Dynamics; NMR Spectroscopy; X-ray Crystallography; Biophysical Chemistry; Chemical BiologyAnalytical; Biomolecular; Catalysis; Chemical Biology; Computational

Mark Griep

Biodefense Research; Antibiotic Discovery; Pathogenic Bacteria; DNA Replication; BioinformaticsBiochemistry; Biophysical

Jiantao Guo

Chemical Biology; Natural Product Biosynthesis; Synthetic Biology; Biomolecular EvolutionOrganic

Yinsheng Guo

Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics; Optical Spectroscopy; Plasmonics and Nanophotonics; Materials Chemistry; van der Waals Materials; Halide PerovskitesLaser; Materials; Nanoscience; Surface

David Hage

Chromatographic-Based Immunoassays; Separation MethodsAnalytical; Analytical Biochemistry

Gerard Harbison

NMR Solution and Solids; Quantum Chemistry; Inelastic Neutron Scattering and Vibrational SpectroscopyBiophysical; Physical

Jason Kautz

Analytical Chemistry

Rebecca Lai

Biosensor Research; Protein ScaffoldsAnalytical; Bioanalytical

Marjorie Langell

Surface Chemistry of Transition Metal OxidesPhysical

Hui Li

Quantam Chemistry; Polarizable Force Field; QM/MM Methods; Continuum Solvation Models; Intermolecular Interaction; PhotochemistryPhysical; Computational; Biophysical

Alena Moon

Scientific Argumentation; Science Practices; Learning ProgressionsChemical Education

Stephen Morin

Materials Chemistry; Nanoscience

Robert Powers

Bioinformatics; Drug Discovery; Functional Genomics; NMR Spectroscopy; Structural Biology; MetabolomicsAnalytical; Biophysical

Andrzej Rajca

Organic Materials with Magnetic and Optical Properties; Organic Radicals for Biomedicine and BiophysicsOrganic

Jody Redepenning

Electrochemistry; Biomaterials; Magnetoresistance; Electron TunnelingAnalytical

Alexander Sinitskii

Materials science; Inorganic chemistry; Synthesis of Nanomaterials; Self-Assembly Techniques; Nanoscale Device FabricationInorganic

James Takacs

Asymmetric Catalysis; Enzyme Inhibitor DesignOrganic

Joseph Yesselman

Biochemistry; Chemical Biology; RNA Structure; RNA Design; RNA Energetics and Thermodynamics; Computational Biophysics; Computational ModelingBiomolecular; Chemical Biology; Computational; Nanoscience

Xiao Cheng Zeng

Nanosciences; Computer-Aided Molecular and Materials DesignPhysical

Jian Zhang

Inorganic Materials Chemistry; Synthetic Nanochemistry; Supramolecular Chemistry; Electrocatalysis; PhotocatalysisInorganic

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For additional details check out the dept./program website: Chemistry.

Departments: Have an update for this summary? Contact Kurt Mueller.