Applying to Our Programs

Applications for our Fall 2025 PhD and MS programs will open in early September. An application checklist and other requirements can be found on our graduate programs admission page. Students with financial need may also apply for an application fee waiver. Please contact for admissions-related questions.

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree is awarded for the demonstration of advanced and critical knowledge of chemistry, the completion of an original research project, and the satisfactory defense of a thesis reporting and interpreting this work. The PhD is typically earned after four to five years of full-time graduate study. Students are admitted into the PhD program on a full-time basis only. Advanced standing may be granted to students admitted to the PhD program who hold an MS degree in chemistry. It is not necessary to earn the MS degree to qualify for the PhD.







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Master of Science (MS)

The Master of Science (MS) degree is awarded for a program of course work alone.  The MS degree is normally earned in two years or less. Course work toward the MS degree may be taken by part-time graduate students.  MS thesis research may only be taken by full-time graduate students.  The first year of course work is essentially the same for the MS and PhD programs. An entering MS student can transfer to the PhD program upon approval of the department. The department does not provide tuition or stipend for Masters students.

Interested in learning more about our MS program? Please check out the recording of our virtual information session.





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Master of Science (MS), Entrepreneurship Track

The Chemistry Entrepreneurship Program (CEP)  is a two-year professional MS degree in Chemistry with thesis offered in conjunction with the Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Program (STEP) at Case Western Reserve University.  The CEP provides studies in state-of-the-art chemistry, practical business, and technology innovation, as well as, real-life entrepreneurial experience to students with a bachelors, masters, or doctorate in a chemistry-related field.

Each CEP student is paired with a mentor/advisor from the Department of Chemistry, who serves as academic advisor, long-term scientific resource, and connection to the world of technology commercialization and entrepreneurship.  With the assistance of the STEP, the mentor/advisor connects students with business leaders, executives, intellectual property experts, successful entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists. Learn more about admissions into the STEP program here or contact STEP.


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More Information

A more detailed description of the regulations governing the PhD and MS degrees is given in the University Bulletin. This and other information can also be obtained by request from