Programs of Study

Graduate programs in the Department of Chemistry may lead to either a master's degree or a Ph.D. degree. Students engage in coursework and research that prepares them for careers in fields such as academia, industry, and government.

Learn and Earn

Ph.D. students in good standing are guaranteed: financial support for 5 years as teaching and/or research assistants, access to health benefits (including dental), and waived tuition.


The Department of Chemistry has approximately 25 faculty members with active research programs encompassing modern aspects of bioanalytical, biomaterials, biological, catalytic, computational, nanomaterials, organometallic, organic, and polymer chemistry. A significant fraction of faculty research addresses biological and biomedical problems, nanomaterials, and energy research. Departmental research divisions include: Analytical Chemistry, Biological Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, and Polymer Chemistry.


The Department is part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. It maintains strong ties to departments in Biological Sciences, Physics, and Chemical Engineering, as well as the School of Pharmacy and the UConn Health Center. UConn Chemistry research groups engage in extensive collaborations with faculty and staff within and outside the department. Faculty members have wide ranging collaborations extending throughout the world including National Institutes of Health, major industrial companies, and U.S. and foreign universities and research institutes.

The UConn Department of Chemistry also has formal and informal graduate student exchange agreements with a wide range of these institutions. Some members of the Department are affiliated with the Institute of Materials Science (IMS), which offers a wide variety of research instrumentation and technical support, and many faculty hold joint appointments with other departments at UConn and the UConn Health Center.

Access to World-Class Instrumentation and Facilities

The modern Chemistry Building and nearby departments and institutes offer an extensive array of state-of-the-art equipment for research and education.

Choose Your Own Advisor

After classes start in August, graduate students are invited to meet with the various faculty members and research groups before deciding upon their advisor.