Graduate Programs

photoelectron imaging instrument

A graduate student uses a photoelectron imaging instrument.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers programs leading to the MS and PhD degrees. These are rigorous programs that balance research- and knowledge-focused coursework to prepare our graduates for careers in industry and academia.

Regardless of degree program or area of specialization, graduate students begin with lecture courses that build necessary competence in their chosen area. Students then focus on research projects under the direction of their research advisors, leading to the writing of a thesis or dissertation. Competitive financial support is available through teaching and research assistantships as well as a variety of fellowships.

The following contacts can guide to you to specific information about each of our graduate programs and our application process; if you’d like more general information about preparing for and succeeding in graduate school, we recommend checking out the American Chemical Society’s resources for college students.

We encourage you to contact us with any questions or to arrange a visit to campus:

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Box 870336
The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0336
(205) 348-5954

About the Department

a woman working in a chemistry labOur faculty and graduate students are involved in a wide range of research activities in the traditional areas of chemistry — analytical, biochemical, inorganic, physical, and organic — as well as numerous subdisciplines and interdisciplinary programs, such as materials science, sustainable chemistry, alternative energy, and public health.

The department’s primary research and classroom facilities, as well as offices for faculty and staff, are housed in Shelby Hall, which was completed in 2004. In Shelby and elsewhere on campus, we maintain advanced research facilities that provide students with hands-on access to a wide variety of technology and instrumentation.

Master’s Program

There are two options within our master’s program, both of which lead to the MS degree: the thesis option (Plan I), and the coursework option (Plan II). More information is provided on our master’s program page; for complete information, read our Graduate student handbook.

Doctoral Program

The PhD program is a research-intensive degree requiring a total of 72 credit hours and a dissertation. More information is available on our doctoral program page; for a complete description of the degree requirements, read our Graduate student handbook.