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Ph.D. Graduate Program in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

A recent evaluation of the graduate curriculum at Duquesne highlighted the critical need for innovative approaches to training research scientists. The stark reality is that although most Ph.D. students are schooled in the academic model of research, the vast majority of these students never enter academia. Rather, they pursue exciting alternate research careers in industry, national labs, consulting firms, and public policy centers.

Realizing this trend, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers an innovative Ph.D. program designed to transition young scientists into active research professionals rapidly.

Transfer Students and M.S. Holders

The high degree of flexibility of the Ph.D. program makes it very easy to transfer into our program or to continue your advanced studies if you already have an M.S. degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or related science. In most cases, one Research Rotation serves as a transitional element, and the Rotation Committee will decide on advancement to candidacy or additional rotation thereafter.

Students may transfer up to 6 credits from another accredited institution (B grade or better); however, for the Ph.D. program, as there is no minimum coursework requirement, most students elect not to actually transfer the credits. The committees take former coursework into account when deciding on future coursework, so students lose nothing in the transfer process.

For most students already holding an M.S. degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry from a U.S. institution, the experience at Duquesne will consist entirely of research, leading to a Ph.D. in only 2-3 years.