Each student’s background and interests determine the course of study. The Johns Hopkins University graduate program in chemistry leads to the PhD degree. Students are not accepted into the program for a terminal MA degree.
Requirements for the MA and PhD Degrees in Chemistry
Normally, the minimum course requirement for both the MA and the PhD degrees is eight one-semester graduate courses in chemistry and related sciences. Exceptionally well-prepared students may ask for a reduction of these requirements. In addition, students are required to participate in a seminar series.
Requirements for the PhD degree include a research dissertation worthy of publication, and a knowledge of chemistry and related material as demonstrated in departmental and Graduate Board oral examinations. In addition, each student must serve as a teaching assistant for at least one year.
Requirements for the MA degree, in addition to completion of formal course work, include a satisfactory performance on an oral examination. Research experience is considered to be an integral part of the MA degree. Accordingly, the departmental oral examination cannot be taken before the spring semester of the student’s second year, after the student has had some research experience in our department. Exceptionally well-prepared students can petition the academic standing coordinator to take the exam earlier.