Graduate Studies in Chemistry

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MS and Ph.D. degree offerings

The Department of Chemistry at Lehigh University provides an unique and exciting program of study for graduate students. Our program is designed to provide students with a broad background in chemistry while simultaneously offering opportunities to cutting-edge, multidisciplinary research. Faculty research areas include the traditional areas of chemistry: analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, as well as specializations including: surface chemistry, nanoparticles, biophysical chemistry, materials, inorganic clusters, and reaction mechanisms.

We are currently accepting applications for on campus MS and Ph.D. seeking students.

Ph.D. studies in Chemistry

Completion of a Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry degree program normally requires a minimum of four years full-time work after entrance with a Bachelor's degree. The Ph.D. degree in chemistry requires 72 credits. There are few specific course credit requirements for the Ph.D.; however, approved degree programs generally have at least 24 hours of course work (including any applied toward a Master's degree), 2 credits of CHM 481 (Seminar), 6 credits of experimental research (CHM 421) and the reminder credits taken as dissertation (CHM 499). Thus, the program consists of approximately one-third formal course work and two-thirds independent study and research.

Chemistry graduate student handbook (pdf file)

Please submit information about your background and qualifications directly to the Chemistry Graduate Office and Admissions Committee via this form. You can expect feedback from us about the likelihood of being accepted into our program within several days after submission. Please note that this form is not a substitute for a completed formal application.

MS studies in Chemistry

Urgent News:  The Department of Chemistry has decided to discontinue the online MS CHEM program.  Current students will be allowed to finish their degree programs within the time period outlined in their offer letters.  We will continue to offer non degree admission to those students interested in certificate programs offered through the online program.  If you have any questions about this decision, please contact the program adviser, Dr. Rebecca Miller at

The MS in Chemistry requires a total of 30 credits, and may be obtained by one of three options: (1) a minimum of 27 course credits and a 3 credit literature review paper (taken under Chm 421, Chemistry Research), (2) a minimum of 24 course credits and 6 credits of experimental research (CHM 421) or (3) a minimum of 30 course credits. Each option requires a minimum of 18 credits at the 400 level (15 of which must be in chemistry) and one credit of CHM 481 (Seminar). There are no other specifically required courses for the M.S. degree, allowing each student to design a curriculum that fits their needs and interests.

Graduate course offerings in chemistry

Graduate course syllabi


Graduate Administrator:

Dr. Rebecca Miller
Office: Seeley G. Mudd, Room 491
Phone: (610) 758-3676

Graduate Coordinator:

Ms. Jennifer Cummings
Office: Seeley G. Mudd, Room 483
Phone: (610) 758-3471