The Department offers the degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Chemistry which is designed to better prepare doctoral-level chemists to enjoy productive careers in industrial laboratories, research foundations or academic institutions. In addition to the traditional Ph.D. curriculum, this program mandates that the student acquire the working knowledge of the type of research conducted in industry and of the constraints (both practical and philosophical) under which it is carried out.
To facilitate this, each student is required to spend one semester in an industrial or government research laboratory internship. This internship is obtained for the student by the Department and every effort is made to match the type of work and the company with the student's interests. This is an important part of the student's training that may also open up avenues for future employment. If a student already has industrial research experience, this internship requirement may be waived if the student so desires.
This requirement recognizes the importance of providing chemistry graduate students with a broad range of research experiences and to better prepare them for the transition from academe to careers as practicing chemists. This practical research experience has proven invaluable in helping students to define their career objectives, expand their knowledge of the range of chemical research opportunities and, ultimately, can offer students a significant advantage when looking for their first job.
The traditional (required and elective) coursework includes analytical, biological, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry courses. Instead of taking comprehensive or cumulative examinations, our students are required by the middle of their third year, to write and orally defend a proposal based on an original research idea. The final degree requirement, upon completion of their research, is the writing and oral defense of the dissertation.
About the Internship
The internship may be taken any time after formal admission to the Doctoral program, subject to the availability of suitable positions and the desires of the student and the research advisor. Note that the timing of the internship does not affect the timing of the proposal defense. The proposal must be defended in or prior to the fifth long semester as a graduate student, even if the internship is taken earlier.
Successful completion of an industrial or government internship is a degree requirement of the Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry at UT Arlington. The purpose of the internship is to familiarize the student with how research is done in a non-academic setting and thereby better prepare the student for a career in the industry. Financial support during the internship will be provided by the company or government lab. The industrial internship is arranged by the student's research supervisor and/or the department chairman and must be approved by the Committee on Graduate Studies (CGS).
Normally the internship will involve research in the general area of the student's doctoral research, but the research accomplished during the internship will not be included in the student's dissertation. Instead, a brief (~1 page) typed written summary of the goal(s) and accomplishments achieved during the internship will be submitted to the Graduate Advisor and mark the successful completion of the degree requirement. The internship will normally start at the beginning of an academic semester and last the equivalent of one academic semester. The student will enroll in CHEM 6304 and CHEM 6904 during the time period of the internship. All students on internship will still be considered full-time students during the internship and must be enrolled in twelve credit hours.
The program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Chemistry is designed primarily to prepare doctoral-level chemists for industrial research careers. The student must:
- demonstrate the ability to carry out independent research and
- acquire the practical knowledge of the type of research conducted in industry and of the constraints (both practical and philosophical) under which such research is conducted.
The areas of research include analytical chemistry, biochemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, colloid and surface chemistry, electrochemistry, inorganic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, organic chemistry, organometallic chemistry, physical chemistry, polymer chemistry, and theoretical chemistry.
In evaluating candidates for admission to its graduate degree programs, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry emphasizes the preparedness of the student as evidenced by quality and quantity of coursework and the student’s previous research experience. Recommendations from our own faculty, based on firsthand knowledge of the applicant or a faculty member at the applicant’s institution, are also very important.
Unconditional admission may be granted under any one of the following options. The minimum undergraduate GPA requirement for all options is 3.0, as calculated by Graduate Admissions.
A satisfactory completion of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, official transcripts, and GRE scores, and three letters of recommendation.
A satisfactory completion of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, official transcripts, and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member at the applicant’s undergraduate institution, plus a recommendation from a UT Arlington Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty member.
A satisfactory completion of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, official transcripts, and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member at the undergraduate institution, plus a recommendation from a UT Arlington Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty member based on a face-to-face interview.
An applicant whose native language is not English must submit a TOEFL score of at least 550 or a score of at least 213 on the computer-based test. A TSE-A score of 45 or higher can be substituted for the TOEFL. Those who have completed their undergraduate education in English may be eligible for a TOEFL waiver based on the recommendation letters.
An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission.
A deferred decision may be granted when a file is incomplete or when a denied decision is not appropriate.
In rare cases, probationary admission may be granted as the result of a substandard performance on one or more of the admission criteria. In this case, the Graduate Advisor will set additional conditions for admission including, but not limited to, additional undergraduate coursework and/or achieving a B or better in the first 9 hours of graduate coursework.
Denial of Admission
A candidate may be denied admission if they have less than satisfactory performance on a majority of the admission criteria described above.
Eligibility for Scholarships/Fellowships
Students that have no provisional admission conditions to meet will be eligible for available scholarship and/or fellowship support. Award of scholarships or fellowships will be based on the same criteria utilized in admission decisions. To be eligible, candidates must be new students coming to UT Arlington in the Fall semester, must have a GPA of 3.0 in their last 60 undergraduate credit hours plus any graduate credit hours as calculated by Graduate Admissions, and must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours of coursework in both long semesters to retain their fellowships. (Students with graduate teaching or research assistantships, however, must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 hours of coursework in both long semesters and 6 hours of coursework in the summer sessions.)
To be admitted to the Ph.D. program, an applicant must satisfy the general admission requirements of the program and his or her academic record must show preparation for advanced work in chemistry.
A course grade may be used to satisfy degree requirements for no more than seven years after the course has been completed.
After admission to the doctoral program, the student must successfully complete the appropriate examination(s) required by the faculty of the student’s discipline.
A supplementary set of guidelines, published by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, should be consulted.
Tuition and Fees
Fall 2018 Graduate Nonresident Tuition and Fees
Fall 2018 Graduate Resident Tuition and Fees
International students will want to submit financial documents/statements as they also submit application materials for admission.
International financial statement form
Our application priority dates are:
Fall: March 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: April 1
Applications are accepted after the published priority date for each term, but for guaranteed consideration of admission please submit the application and associated materials by the priority date. However, it is important to apply well in advance of your intended start date to be eligible for program-specific funding opportunities such as assistantships and fellowships. Keep in mind that departmental application processing times vary greatly and some programs require applications up to one year in advance.