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Graduate Programs

Thank you for your interest in pursuing an advanced degree in chemistry at The University of Alabama. It is our goal to provide an atmosphere that will allow you to learn the theory and practice of chemistry, to begin to make original contributions to the science, and to experience the self-fulfillment of working with dedicated faculty members, students, and postdoctoral associates in areas of common interests. These rigorous programs balance research and coursework to prepare our graduates for careers in industry and academia.

PhD program

Master’s Program

There are two options within our master’s program, both of which lead to the MSc degree: the plan I (thesis option) and the plan II (non-thesis option).


Doctoral Program

The PhD program is a research-intensive degree program requiring a total of 66 credit hours and a dissertation.

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The Accelerator Master’s Program is available to UA undergraduate chemistry majors who wish to concurrently earn a plan I or plan II MSc degree.


The University of Alabama chemists are engaged in a wide range of research projects that are nationally and internationally recognized. Because our faculty’s size is relatively small, each graduate student has the opportunity to broaden his or her background by interacting with faculty members and students who are working in a variety of areas of chemistry. Our students find that broad chemical interests are of great value to them when seeking positions in all areas of scientific inquiry.
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Questions? Our graduate program representatives can guide you to specific information about our programs, courses, and the admissions process.