COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Fall: February 15
[December 15 for international applicants]
Spring: September 15 [August 1 for international applicants]
Semi-rolling: The initial selection date for fall admission
is February 15, with a final review on March 30. The
initial selection date for spring admission is September
15, with a final review of October 30.
Letters of Reference:
Number Required: 3
From Whom: Letter of recommendation should come from faculty or industry
people who are familiar with the academic and/or research
aptitude of the candidate.
Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:
The vast majority of applicants have or will receive an undergraduate
degree in Chemistry or a related field.
Master's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:
Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:
Yes. Chemistry or related field
Statement of Goals:
The Statement of Goals should include the following elements:
your specific interest in Temple's program; your research
goals; your future career goals; and your academic and research
Standardized Test Scores:
If the student's GPA is below 3.25, they can be considered for appointment as a TA if their percentile scores on the Verbal and Quantitative portions of the GRE sum to at least 100%.
For international applicants, the minimum TOEFL score or range of scores to be accepted: 575 on the paper-based test or 230 on the computer-based test. Regadless of their score, all applicants are required to take a SPEAK test upon arrival at Temple.
A resume is required.
Research papers with the candidate as
a co-author or any other material associated
with the research aptitude of the candidate
are also recommended.
Students are required to complete the degree program through
classes offered before and after 4:30 p.m.
General Program Requirements:
Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond
the Master's: 18
Depending upon the track, 6 graduate courses are required.
3 of these courses must be in the student's area of concentration.
Students must earn a total of 18 semester hours. of coursework,
with at least 3 courses in their major track.
Internship: No internship is required.
Language Examination: No language examination is required.
A preliminary examination, the passing
of 6 cumulative examinations, the presentation
and defense of an original research proposal,
and the presentation of one departmental
seminar on a literature topic are additional
reqiurements. The student should complete their preliminary
exam within 42 months of matriculation.
The preliminary examinations, including the passing of 6 cumulative examinations, involves the presentation and defense of an original research proposal, as well as the presentation of one departmental seminar on a literature topic. Students are evaluated on their mastery of the material under review. The student should complete their preliminary examinations within 42 months of matriculation.
Cumulative examinations (a major part of the preliminary examinations) are written by the graduate faculty and are given 3 times a semester in each of the different degree tracks. Cumulative examinations are given on a regular schedule. It is up to the student to schedule their original research proposal. Each cumulative examination is evaluated by at least two graduate faculty members.
Dissertation Advising Committee Information.
The Dissertation Advising Committee is formed to oversee
the student's doctoral research and is comprised of at
least three Graduate Faculty members. Two members, including
the Chair, must be from the Chemistry Department. Committee
compositions must be approved by the department's graduate
committee. The Chair is responsible for overseeing and
guiding the student's progress, coordinating the responses
of the Committee members, and informing the student of
his or her academic progress.
Dissertation Examining Committee Information.
The Dissertation Examining Committee evaluates the student's
dissertation and oral defense. This committee is comprised
of the Doctoral Advising Committee and at least one additional
Graduate Faculty member from outside the Chemistry Department.
The Outside Examiner should be identified no later than
the beginning of the semester in which the student will
defend the dissertation.
If a student needs to change a member of a Committee, the
new member must be approved by the department's graduate
committee and registered with the Graduate Secretary
and the Graduate School.
The Doctoral Dissertation is an original study that makes
a significant contribution to the field of chemistry.
It should expand the existing knowledge and demonstrate
the student's knowledge of both research methods and
a mastery of his or her primary area of interest. Dissertations
should be rigorously investigated, uphold the ethics
and standard of the field of chemistry, demonstrate an
understanding of the relationship between the primary
area of interest and the broader field of chemistry,
and be prepared for publication in a professional journal.
Philosophy of the Proposal.
The dissertation proposal should contain a description
of the research that the student will pursue for their
Ph.D. The student must consult with their research advisor
for guidance prior to writing this document. It is understood
in writing this document that a general experience in
research will help evolve new chemistry as a consequence
of observations made during the course of an ongoing
research problem. This document needs to be approved
within 42 months of matriculation.
Criterion for Passing the Dissertation
and the Defense.
The Committee will evaluate the student's ability to express
verbally his or her research question, methodological approach,
primary findings, and implications. The Committee will
vote to pass or fail the dissertation and the defense.
Dissertation Defense Scheduling.
Students who are preparing to defend their dissertation
should confirm a time and date with their Dissertation
Advisory Committee and register with the Graduate Secretary
at least 15 days before the defense is to be scheduled.
The Graduate Secretary will arrange the time, date, and
room within two working days, and forward to the student
the appropriate forms.
Announcing the Dissertation Defense.
After the Graduate Secretary has arranged the time, date,
and room, for the defense, the student must send to
the Graduate School (501 Carnell Hall) a completed "Announcement
of Dissertation Defense" form at least 10 days before
the defense. The Department will post fliers announcing
Program Contact Information:
Dept. of Chemistry
201 Beury Hall
1901 N. 13th Street
Dr. Scott Sieburth
Dr. Scott Sieburth
Dr. Robert Levis
About the Program
The chemistry graduate program has been designed
to provide a solid background in the area
of specialization and emphasize the acquisition
of skills which will enable students to obtain
further knowledge as required in their research,
and later, in their professional careers.
For this reason, the graduate degree programs
are research oriented, and seminar attendance
and familiarization with the chemical literature
are considered important aspects of the program.
The course requirements are comparatively
light although a wide variety of intermediate
and advanced courses in related areas are
offered. Students are encouraged to take courses
in related areas, such as physics, biology
and computer science, according to their research
Time Limit for Degree Completion: 7 years
Students are required to complete the degree
program through classes offered before and
after 4:30 p.m. Students are able to complete
the degree program on a part-time basis (8
credit hours or less per semester).
Dept. of Chemistry
201 Beury Hall
1901 N. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Areas of Specialization:
The Department of Chemistry offers
programs leading to the Ph.D. and M.A. degrees
in Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Inorganic
Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Physical
Chemistry. Areas of specialization include medicinal, nanoscience, photonics, surface science, environmental chemistry, materials and polymers.
The majority of students find employment
in the chemical industry. A lesser fraction
go on to academic positions as well as government
A Chemical Physics program is offered
jointly with the Physics Department.
Non-Degree Student Policy:
Non-matriculated students are allowed
to take up to 9 credit hours before being
admitted into the degree program.
Teaching Assistants (TA): The duties of the
TA will typically involve the leading of recitation
sections and/or overseeing laboratories. The
TA, in general, is also involved with the
grading of lab assignments, tests, and quizzes,
Research Assistants (RA): Most students are supported by research assistantships after their first year.