Chemistry Graduate Program


Explore the world of sustainable energy through nanomaterials.

Research and graduate education opportunities offered at USD fall within the themes of photodynamics and nanomaterials offered in close-knit research settings.


Master of Science (M.S.)

Focused in four core areas that bridge these traditional demarcations: (1) Electrochemistry and Surface Science, (2) Molecular Spectroscopy and Photodynamics, (3) Organic Synthesis and Chemical Reaction Mechanisms and (4) Nanostructured Composites for Catalytic and Sensing Applications.

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Materials Chemistry

Focused on the chemistry of new materials including synthesis, characterization and applications with an emphasis on nanomaterials.

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Admission Requirements

Application requirements can be found at Graduate School Admission Requirements and include:

  1. Completed Graduate Application
  2. $35 application fee
  3. Official transcripts verifying receipt of an undergraduate degree and official transcripts of all academic work at the undergraduate and graduate levels are required for all students
  4. Three Letters of Recommendation
  5. Statement of Purpose
  6. Official copy of GRE scores (for applicants who do not have a degree from an American college or university)
  7. Additional requirements exist for international applicants. For more information, visit International Admission Requirements

For more detailed admission requirements, please refer to chemistry in the current graduate catalog.

Application Deadline

  • Priority: February 15 for Fall admission and October 15 for Spring admission.
    Screening of completed applications will be started on these priority dates. The applications received after these dates will be reviewed periodically on a rolling basis and admission will be offered depending on the availability of positions.

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