About Chemistry

Chemistry is often mentioned as the central science and you will see that our faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students work at the interface of Chemistry and Biology, Energy, Environment among others. University of Memphis students have access to advanced lab equipment such as flame and graphite furnace atomic absorption instruments, an X-Ray diffractometer, a 500 MHz NMR and a 400 MHz solid-state NMR, an HPLC with a linear ion trap mass spectrometer (MS), a UPLC with triple quadrupole MS, and a UPLC with a quadrupole time-of-flight MS, an Aviv 410 spectrometer with circular dichroism, absorbance, and fluorescence detection with titration, stopped-flow, and temperature control accessories. In addition, the Department of Chemistry has multiple gases and liquid chromatography instruments, and state-of-the-art 3D printing facilities.
Our mission is to provide the citizens of Tennessee, the nation, and the world with access to the methods, theory, and tools of modern chemical science and to maintain academic standards and research programs commensurate with the University of Memphis' place as a major urban research university. Visit our website to learn more about the Department of Chemistry.

An overview of the curriculum?

Both Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Chemistry are offered with concentrations are available in Analytical, Computational, Inorganic, Organic, and Physical Chemistry. The Ph.D. degree requires 72 credit hours and the M.S. degree requires 30 hours, both approved by a student's advisory committee. For the Ph.D., students will take up to 12 hours in 6000 level courses and at least 12 hours in courses numbered from 7100 – 8899, with at least two areas of chemistry represented with additional credit hours in research required. For the M.S. Students will take up to 9 hours in 6000 level courses and at least 9 hours in courses numbered 7100 - 7899 with at least two areas of chemistry represented, and additional research credit hours. A detailed list of courses and descriptions can be found on our website, and include a variety of topics such as Environmental Chemistry, Advanced Instrumental Analysis, Organic Medicinal Chemistry, and/or Biochemistry. Details regarding the Ph.D. and M.S. degrees can be found on the chemistry webpage.

Graduate Assistantships and tuition waivers are available to Chemistry graduate students on a competitive basis and are renewable annually.

What are the job opportunities in Chemistry?

The Department of Chemistry is dedicated to providing information on career tracks once you’ve graduated. According to the American Chemical Society, the employment world for chemical professionals can be divided into five main sectors: industry, academia, government, non-profit, and entrepreneurship. The starting salaries for chemical professionals can range widely, depending on the institution and specialization of the individual.

For more information, email gradchem@memphis.edu.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the University's requirements for admission to the Graduate School.
Specific requirements:
  • GRE general examination scores are required and are an important factor for admission, however, GRE subject exam is not required;
  • A satisfactory record of undergraduate coursework in chemistry; those with international degrees must have the transcript evaluated by a NACES approved organization.
  • A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, 210 on the computer-based TOEFL, or 79 on the internet-based TOEFL (for students whose native language is not English);
  • An undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.

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