Ph.D. Program

UW Chemistry

UW Chemistry Doctorate Degree

Now accepting applications for Fall! 

Domestic Applicants:
GPA: 3.00  

Review of application starts*

Fall: January 18

Spring: October 15

International Applicants:
GPA: 3.00




Review of application starts*

Fall: January 18

Spring: October 15


 *We will continue to review applications until all available positions are filled. For full consideration please submit your application by the deadline. 

Applications should include uploads of:

-Resume or CV

-Undergraduate transcript

-A Personal Statement that says why you want to pursue a PhD, why Wyoming is a good fit for you, and what experiences you've previously had completing long-term projects

-We encourage you to submit GRE scores if you have already taken the exam.  However, if you have been unable to complete the GRE test due to extenuating circumstances, we will still be happy to consider your application to our program.  Submitting an application without a GRE score will not negatively impact your application.

-International graduate students must submit TOEFL, IELTS or DuoLingo exam results as part of the admissions process. International students may be required to take the Oral Proficency Interview (OPIc) Exam once they are admitted to the University of Wyoming. 

University of Wyoming Chemistry graduate programs, Doctor of Philosophy


The University of Wyoming's Chemistry Department offers graduate degrees for students who desire to expand their knowledge beyond the 4 year Bachelor level.  Our Ph.D. program is a research degree in advanced chemistry that prepares our students for careers in academia or as leaders in industry.  A Master's degree is not required; students may enter directly into the Ph.D. program.

We also offer training on out-of-the-classroom skills, such as presentation skills, teaching skills and professional development.


Graduate Teaching Assistantships for U.S. domestic under-represented minorities and women

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Wyoming is excited to announce two new GA positions for the fall semester of 2022. These Graduate Teaching Assistantship funding initiatives are directed at recruiting domestic minorities and women into graduate fields where they are underrepresented nationally and at the University of Wyoming. As such, these positions are available exclusively to incoming graduate students from Under-Represented Domestic Minorities (URDMs) and U.S. domestic Women in Graduate Education (WGE). 


Graduate Coursework and Requirements

A student must take one 3 hour graduate course (5000 and above) in each of the five areas (analytical, biological, inorganic, organic, and physical), excluding special topics, tool courses 5130, 5320, 5760, and research courses.

A student may also take 12 credits of any combination of CHEM 5190, 5290, 5390, 5590, or 5790.


In the area selected as a major, the student will take the following as a minimum: 
          1.) Analytical - 5250 plus 9 hours of graduate level analytical chemistry courses;
          2.) Biological - any three graduate level biological chemistry courses;
          3.) Inorganic - 12 hours of graduate level inorganic chemistry courses;
          4.) Organic - 5320, 5330, and 5340;
          5.) Physical - any three graduate level physical chemistry courses.


Students must obtain satisfactory performance on a series of written major field cumulative examinations, including special topics.

Students must obtain satisfactory performance on a preliminary examination, part written and part oral.

Students must present a seminar based on the dissertation research. Students must also obtain one additional credit of 5000 by presenting a divisional or departmental seminar or an oral presentation at a regional or national research meeting. In addition, students must make one presentation at the annual University of Wyoming Graduate School Symposium.


More Degree Information



Contact Graduate Program at, 307-766-4363 or Physical Sciences Building Rm 204.

Contact Us

Chemistry Department

Department 3838

1000 E. University Avenue

Physical Science Bldg 204

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-4363

Fax: 307-766-2807


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