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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

(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

For more detailed admission requirements, please refer to chemistry in the current graduate catalog. Additional requirements exist for international applicants. For more information, visit International Admission Requirements.

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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