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The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of Maryland offers graduate study and research that leads to a Doctoral (PhD) degree in Biochemistry or Chemistry. Students are admitted either to the PhD program in Biochemistry or to the PhD program in Chemistry and receive financial support through teaching and or research assistantships. Our department is located in the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences.

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Admission Process

We are now accepting applications for Fall, 2017 admission to our graduate programs!
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. The application deadline is January 17, 2017.

Application requires the completion of an on-line application at the University of Maryland Graduate School Portal (Fee for the application is $75). Requests for fee waivers due to exceptional circumstances may be directed to Ms. Diane Canter at the address below.

Our Programs are listed under the Computer/Math/Natural Science (CMNS) section.
The Program Code for Biochemistry graduate programs is BCHM
The Program Code for Chemistry graduate programs is CHEM

Materials For Application

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Transcript(s)
  • Letters of Recommendation (three)
  • CV/Resume
  • TOEFL/IELTS/PTE (international graduate students)
  • Supplementary Application (You provide short responses to our prompts)
  • Publications (if available, not required)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Subject (optional)

Review Of Applications

The Chemistry & Biochemistry Graduate Admissions Committee, consisting of eight faculty members, reviews all applications to the Chemistry and Biochemistry graduate programs and makes all admissions decisions.  The Committee reviews applications on a rolling basis beginning December 1. Each application is given a holistic review by at least four faculty members. Admission is highly selective. Highly motivated students with strong records of accomplishment (academic and research) in chemistry, biochemistry, or a closely related discipline are sought. Undergraduate research or relevant work/laboratory experience is viewed very positively. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to peruse our Research Programs and indicate research areas and faculty members that are of specific interest to them in the Supplementary Application.

Admitted students are invited to Visit Maryland Day, held in March, to meet with faculty, current students and staff and tour the Department, University, and surrounding areas. Students who are unable to attend Visit Maryland Day are encouraged to schedule individual visits. Financial support to travel from locations within the continental United States for these visits is available. At this time we are unable to provide financial support for international travel for prospective students.

Financial Aspects

Admission to our PhD programs includes financial provisions to support your graduate study. Newly admitted PhD students are generally offered academic-year Teaching Assistantships in combination with summer Research Assistantships for their first year of study. This includes:

  • Tuition Remission (10 credits/semester)
  • Annual Level I stipend, currently $26,975
  • Subsidized Health Insurance

The department additionally awards a number of merit-based scholarships to entering graduate students and continuing students, with most scholarships in the $2500 – $10,000 range. Many scholarships are awarded at the time of admission, and detailed on the admission letter. A portion of the scholarships are reserved until Maryland Day, allowing prospective students additional opportunities to demonstrate their potential and earn supplemental scholarships.

Beyond the 1st year of Graduate Study, students who remain in good academic standing are guaranteed continued financial support until PhD completion. Typically this begins as a combination of TA/RA in the second year (Level II stipend of $27,994) and progresses toward full RA once the student advances to PhD candidacy (Level III Stipend $28,537).  Additionally, we encourage our Graduate Students to apply for a number of prestigious external (NSF, NIH) and internal (GAANN, Milligan, University) Fellowships, with nearly 10% of our Graduate Students winning such awards.

Other Visits

Want to learn more about our programs? Interested students are welcome to visit throughout the year. We ask that you give us advance notice of at least two weeks so that we can best plan your visit.
To arrange a visit or make other inquiries, please contact:

Ms. Diane Canter
Graduate Program Office
Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry
University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-21111
Tel. 301-405-1028

*Student Xiyuan Cheng Image Courtesy of Photographer Tony Richards
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