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Chemistry (Graduate)

Conduct innovative research projects alongside world-class scholars in subject areas such as chemical synthesis, microbiological manipulations, chemical structure, spectroscopic techniques and mechanism on the molecular level.

Chemistry – Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Graduate students in the Chemistry program at Montana State conduct research in a highly collaborative department, with interdisciplinary research opportunities available on campus as well as abroad. Ranked among the nation’s 100 leading research universities by the Carnegie Foundation, candidates are given the freedom to tailor the program to their own needs and interests while conducting research in state-of-the-art LEED-certified laboratory facilities.




Students in the Chemistry program have the opportunity to work with award-winning faculty like Erik Grumstrup, whose research earned him a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor the U.S. government gives to independent researchers near the beginning of their careers.



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Carnegie Classified
The prestigious Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education® ranks Montana State University among the Top 5 public, 4-year universities for Very High Research Activity with a STEM-dominant research doctoral program.

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Nature's Laboratory
Montana State students make Montana, including nearby Yellowstone National Park, their classroom, laboratory and playground.

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Freedom to Explore
With twenty faculty members that possess a broad yet complimentary research expertise, Chemistry & Biochemistry graduate students have the opportunity to conduct highly collaborative, interdisciplinary research.




Fund Your Education

The Graduate School at Montana State is dedicated to helping students secure funding during their time at MSU. Some resources the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry and Graduate School offer includes:

Additionally, all PhD students admitted receive support through either research or teaching assistantships. More information about funding your Chemistry doctorate can be found on the Graduate School website.


Chemistry graduate students have access to the following facilities:


  • Mass spectrometry and proteomics lab
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) facility
  • X-ray crystallography
  • Raman microscope
  • Computational chemistry servers



Careers after Graduation

Graduate alumni in Chemistry embark on a wide range of careers within 10-years of their graduation.

Nearly 33% are working in academia, 33% in for-profit, and about 33% for government. Top industry employers include BiMax and Boston University.

Across all career paths the estimated salary of alumni within 10 years of graduation ranges from $50,000 to $70,000 with an average of $60,000 (source of data Academic Analytics).


Admissions Requirements

Note: no GRE Required.

Each program within the Graduate School at Montana State has its own particular requirements for admission, and the Chemistry program is not different. To ensure that you start your application on the right foot, please review the admissions requirements for the Chemistry program. This includes any additional deadlines that the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry may have aside from the Graduate School, which does practice rolling admissions.