Carnegie Mellon University Department of Chemistry

For Current Students

Graduate Program

Requirements Overview & Courses

The major Ph.D. program requirements provide a strong foundation for dissertation research and beyond:

In addition, students who are not native speakers of English are required to develop sufficient English proficiency to pass a test of spoken English to prepare for excellent communication with colleagues and students.

Finally, the culmination of the Ph.D. program is a dissertation and public defense on the student's research. The dissertation is expected to include research worthy of publication and it is expected that students will publish with their advisors as they progress through the program.

Details about the Ph.D. program requirements are in the Guide to Graduate Studies.