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The Graduate Program

The graduate program in chemistry was one of the first advanced-degree programs established at the University of Delaware, awarding its first Ph.Ds in 1948. Over the years, more than 500 doctorial degrees and more than 300 master's degrees have been awarded. Alumni of the department have successful careers in industry, academia and government laboratories.

The undergraduate program has a long history as a major producer of chemists and biochemists. The hallmark of the Delaware program include a strong concentration in the subject, close contact with faculty and a concern for the individual student. The department is proud of the accomplishments of its many distinguished alumni, including Daniel Nathans, winner of the 1978 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.


The Delaware Commitment

The moderate size of the graduate student body allows excellent student-faculty interaction. The resources of the department provide a variety of research opportunities comparable to graduate programs of much larger size. Many students participate in research across traditional boundaries in the chemical sciences. For example, a graduate student in analytical chemistry might collaborate with a faculty member in biochemistry or physical chemistry on a project of common interest, or a biochemistry student might collaborate with a molecular biologist. The breadth of the program is enhanced by joint faculty appointments in chemical engineering, life sciences and marine studies and by cross-disciplinary training programs.

The 37-plus faculty and approximately 180 graduate students continue the tradition of excellence in teaching and research in the five major areas of chemistry and biochemistry, as well as in interdisciplinary areas. In recent years, this effort has resulted in annual publication rates of more than 150 scholarly articles. The annual department budget is approximately $10 million per year.

With more than 200,000 square feet of research laboratory, office and classroom space, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Delaware houses state of the art research facilities and instrumentation. The Department has a long standing history of graduating top researchers, and the 600+ graduates from our program can be found in industry, academia and government laboratories, nationwide and throughout the world.

General Information Regarding the Graduate Application Process

Although M.A., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are awarded, the Department primarily admits students to the Ph.D degree program in Chemistry/Biochemistry. This program is intended for full-time students desiring an advanced degree in chemical or biochemical research. Admission to the Ph.D. program usually includes a financial assistance package from the Department that provides a stipend and tuition remission. A completion of a Masters degree is not a pre-requisite for applying to the Ph.D. program.

The programs M.A.(coursework-based) and M.S. (coursework- and research-based) in Chemistry/Biochemistry are suited for graduate students wanting to gain a deeper understanding of chemical principles at an advanced level. Full-time or part-time applicants can be considered.

Admission to either the M.A. or M.S. program in Chemistry/Biochemistry does not include financial assistance from the Department.  Both full-time and part-time applicants should ensure they have adequate resources to cover tuition and living expenses for a period of 2 years (minimum).

General requirements:

  • Application Fee Paid

  • GRE   

  • Transcripts  

  • Letter of Recommendation 

  • TOEFL or IELTS for International Applicants 

  • Resume   

  • Personal Statement  

   • Graduate Application Supplemental Document—Research Interest Area 

If you have questions about these programs or if you would like to apply for other programs (for example, part-time study toward a Ph.D. degree), please contact the Director of Graduate Studies:

Professor Joel Rosenthal
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716
Telephone: 302-831-8728


Lori Nesnow
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716
Telephone: 302-831-2462

If you have questions during the application process many of your questions can be answered either on the Graduate and Professional Education website or on the Department F AQ page .

Application Fee

A $75 application fee to the Office of Graduate Studies is required at the time the application is submitted.

Evaluation Procedure

Once all of the appropriate materials are received, the admissions committee will review your file. Evaluation of applications for admission in the fall semester will begin the preceding December and continue on a revolving basis until all positions are filled. When a decision is reached, you will be notified by email and a letter. In the interim period, you may check on the status of your application by using your original User ID# and Password you can re-enter your application 3-5 days after its submission to see your applicant status page. Remember: Even if documents are sent overnight or by certified mail they still require several weeks to process in in the graduate office.

If you have problems with the online application system, related to its functionality, contact the office of Graduate and Professional Education

All other questions may be directed to:

Lori Nesnow
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716
Telephone: 302-831-2462

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry "Statistics 2016"

  • Highly competitive graduate stipend
  • First Ph.D. Awarded to 1948 Richard Gale & H. Anthony Neidig
  • 190 Graduate Students
  • 320 Chemistry & Biochemistry Majors
  • Approximately $10 million in External Grants
  • 210,000 square foot Chemistry Complex Space

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  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • 102 Brown Laboratory
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-1247