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

According to the most recent National Research Council ranking, Duquesne University's Ph.D. program ranks among the top 100 Chemistry programs in the country. Moreover, it ranks as high as 6th in "Student Support and Outcomes" and 35th in "Program Diversity." The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers an innovative Ph.D. program designed to transition each young scientist rapidly into an active research professional. Want to talk to a chemistry professor about the Ph.D. program? Then join Dr. Thomas Montgomery for a graduate programs information session.

The centerpiece of the first year of study is the research rotation program. After evaluating the department's ongoing research, each student selects up to two research groups for semester-long rotations. At the end of each semester, a student is expected to write a summary of the research experience, give a short presentation and answer questions.

After choosing a research advisor and dissertation project, the student will actively engage in research, begin taking fundamental and special topic courses recommended by a dissertation advisory committee, present a dissertation outline and write and defend an original research proposal. Once the dissertation research nears completion, the student presents an oral dissertation data defense, completes the research and writes and defends the dissertation. Throughout the process, each student is closely mentored by the dissertation advisory committee, chaired by the student's research advisor.

Application Procedures

Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in chemistry (or a related sub-discipline) with a basic foundation in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics.

Applicants will be considered on the basis of their intellectual capacity, communication skills, motivation, and aptitude for laboratory research. Applicants with serious undergraduate course deficiencies may be required to correct these prior to admission into the program.

Application Deadlines

  • Summer 2022 Admission: Application deadline - January 1, 2022 (Phone calls will be taken when offices reopen Monday, January 3, 2022.)
  • Spring: No Admission 
  • THERE IS NO FEE FOR APPLYING TO THIS PROGRAM!                             

Any Graduate Application materials not uploaded should be sent to:

Bayer School of Natural & Environmental Sciences
100 Mellon Hall
Duquesne University
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282

Telephone: 412.396.6339
Fax: 412.396.4881

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Application Requirements

Please submit a complete application with all items listed below. Only complete application packages are reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

1. Complete an online application.

2. A Statement of Purpose is required. It should be approximately 250 words, describing your goals and objectives for enrolling in this program.

3. Official transcripts in English of all undergraduate and any graduate studies completed. Please have the Office of the Registrar of your undergraduate and graduate colleges/universities send transcripts to the above address or If your undergraduate and/or graduate degrees are from an institution located outside of the United States, you must use a transcript credential evaluation service to obtain a course-by-course report. The official reports must be sent directly to Duquesne University from the organization you order through and will qualify as official transcripts. Please review our Transcript Credential Evaluation Directions.

4. Three letters of recommendation submitted directly by the recommenders are required. They will receive an email notification when their names and contact information are received via your submitted application.

5. Official GRE scores are recommended, but currently not required for summer 2022 PhD program admission. Official General GRE scores can be sent from ETS using code 2196 only (a department code isn't needed).

6. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ONLY - Your application package must also contain the following:

  • Official (iBT) TOEFL scores that are current to one year. Please review Duquesne University's English Language Proficiency requirements. Total Internet-based TOEFL scores must be at least 100 or greater for admission to the graduate Chemistry program.
  • Duquesne University Affidavit of Support Form completed in full and an official bank statement. The affidavit of support form is a legal document that a student’s sponsor must complete and have notarized and certified. The bank statement must be from the sponsor and show at least one full year of costs. Estimates of costs for the academic year are available from the Center for Global Engagement.
  • Mandatory International Student Form.


Please make sure your application is complete. Applications that are missing any of the above items will not be processed.

Please email with application questions or problems.

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