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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 - 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:

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




Admissions Requirements

Each program within the Graduate School at Montana State has its own particular requirements for admission, and the Chemistry program is not different. Below are the criteria and admissions material that should be used as a guide to help as you apply to our graduate programs:

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above
  • General GRE score of 155 in both quantitative reasoning and verbal reasoning will receive priority consideration
  • IELTS total minimum score of 7.0 with a speaking component score of 8.0 or a TOEFL total score of 90 with a minimum speaking score of 26 (specifically, to qualify for a teaching assistantship)
  • An unofficial transcript from your undergraduate program
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement with short term academic goals, long term professional goals, why the Chemistry department at Montana State is a good fit for you and the names of 3 professors you would like to research with and why

Although the Graduate Program at Montana State does practice rolling admissions, the priority deadline review for applications is January 15. Any applications received after the January 15 deadline are still eligible for acceptance if space is available. Should you have financial need, contact Graduate Program Director Doreen Brown via the Chemistry & Biochemistry department website prior to submitting your application. In some cases, you may meet the requirements to have your application fee paid for by the department.

All applicants will be notified about acceptance and financial awards no later than April 1 for the fall semester.