SMU Graduate Studies in Chemistry

Dallas Hall

Only five miles north of downtown Dallas, SMU offers an exciting and culturally diverse environment in which to develop yourself professionally. Great weather, ample employment opportunities for family members, and world-renowned art, music, dance, and sports attractions help make Dallas an ideal location to pursue graduate studies.


The Department of Chemistry at SMU has a long history of excellence in research and teaching. The faculty maintain active research programs, attend numerous national and international meetings in their fields, and publish in major journals.

The Ph.D. program, established in 2004, is designed to be unique and effective at preparing excellent scientists with aspirations in a variety of fields. There are many opportunities to conduct high-profile, independent research within the department's areas of expertise. In addition to a generous stipend, all tuition and fees are covered by the department or research advisor. 

Graduate Studies in Chemistry

Admission Requirements

• A Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry

• GRE exam, with the Chemistry Subject Area suggested

• 80+ score (Internet based) on TOEFL if English is not the primary language

• 3 letters of recommendation

Degree Requirements:

Ph.D. Degree

• First year core courses

• Two semesters of teaching undergraduate chemistry labs to enhance communication skills

• Cumulative exams

• Departmental seminar

• Written and oral research progress report and dissertation plan

• Research proposal

• Successful completion of a research program under the supervision of the faculty

• Presentation at a professional meeting

• Dissertation and oral defense of research


M.S. Degree

• 30 term hours of graduate work approved by the department including a research project

• Preparation, presentation and defense of a thesis

• Completion of all general requirement of the graduate faculty



For more information you are invited to contact Alan Humason or call 214.768.3541 for more information.

Apply now to the SMU Chemistry Graduate Program