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Program Description

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UMBC offers a world-class Ph.D. program in Chemistry. There are 19 Faculty directing state-of-the-art research, in collaboration with 50 graduate students and 15 postdoctoral fellows and research scientists. We are large enough to have cutting-edge internationally recognized research programs as well as outstanding facilities, yet we are sufficiently small so that faculty and students know each other well. Faculty research interests consist of traditional and emerging areas of chemistry and biochemistry and include inorganic and organic synthesis, drug design and delivery, quantum dot fabrication, nanomaterial reactivity, fluorescence and photoacoustic imaging probes and sensors, single-molecule spectroscopy, photochemistry and ultrafast spectroscopy, bioinorganic chemistry, computational chemistry, structural biology, cell biochemistry, microfluidics, 3D bio-printing, and solar energy conversion.

Extensive infrastructure is available for innovative graduate student research, which includes state-of-art NMR, mass spectrometry, optical and electron imaging, as well as computational facilities. Our Faculty, together with affiliated programs, such as the Meyerhoff Graduate Program and the Chemistry-Biochemistry Interface Program, assure outstanding scientific and professional training for our students. We have established collaborations with several academic and government institutions, including UMB Medical and Pharmacy Schools, NIH, NIST, and ARL, that provide further opportunities to expand students’ expertise.

We offer financial packages to our Ph.D. students, which include; competitive stipends, health insurance, and complete tuition remission.

Our Department offers also an MS program in Chemistry, which is available in thesis and non-thesis options.

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Degrees Offered:


Tracks/Concentrations:  N/A

Department:  UMBC Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry; UMB Dept. of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, School of Medicine

Part-Time or Full-Time:  Full-time or Part-Time

Online or On Campus:  On Campus

Accelerated Program

Admissions Requirements

GRE General Test not required
GRE Advanced Chemistry Test not required
Undergraduate major in chemistry, biochemistry, or the biological sciences

Term of Admission: Fall and Spring

Domestic Application Deadlines: June 1, November 1

International Application Deadlines: January 1, October 1

Contact Us

Main Contact Info: 

(866) 743-8622 (UMBC)

Graduate Program Director:

Marie Christina Onuta (Progressions GPD), 410-455-5601,

Marcin Ptaszek (Admissions & Recruitment GPD), 410-455-2264,

Graduate Program Coordinator:

Patricia Gagne, 410-455-2491,


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