Carnegie Mellon University Department of Chemistry

Graduate Program

Non-Chemistry Major Applicants

Students with appropriate backgrounds in sciences or engineering are encouraged to apply for the Ph.D. in Chemistry. Due to the interdisciplinary approach common in the department, we welcome students from academically diverse backgrounds.

It is very helpful to have a strong background through coursework or research experience relevant to ongoing research in the department. If there are gaps in some areas of chemistry, the Graduate Program Committee will advise you to select appropriate courses useful for your research and also to help you pass requirements. We offer some flexibility in how students satisfy course requirements to enable preparation for diverse careers as a Ph.D. chemist. Non-chemistry major applicants are encouraged to contact the Graduate Program Office ( early in the application process to discuss their specific coursework and preparation.

Students with a strong interest in chemical aspects of biophysical chemistry may also want to consider the Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Structural Biophysics jointly offered by Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh. Many Carnegie Mellon chemistry faculty members also serve as research advisors in that program.