Graduate

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry | Graduate Program  

Application  fee  is  $60

Application  deadlines:

Fall  semester:  August  1*

*tO BE FULLY CONSIDERED FOR GRADUATE FINANCIAL SUPPORT, ONE MUST APPLY BY APRIL 15.

Spring  semester:  December  1

Summer  sessions:  April  15

tO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE DINSTINGUISHED dOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP (ddf) OR THE DISTINGUISHED ACADEMY FELLOWSHIP (daf):

FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS BEGINNING DOCTORAL STUDY IN aUGUST, ddf NOMINATION DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 5 AND daf NOMINATION DEADLINE IS fEBRUARY 12.

fOR GRADUATE STUDENTS BEGINNING DOCTORAL STUDY IN jANUARY, ddf AND daf NOMINATION DEADLINE IS oCTOBER 8.

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Things to Consider When Choosing a Graduate Program

Obtaining a graduate degree is a difficult task that requires a personal commitment, which can only be achieved if the student is deeply interested in the subject matter. When choosing a graduate program, matching research interests with that of the faculty is critical. Location and financial assistance are important but dedication to program is the key to success.

Custom Designed Graduate Coursework and Research Opportunities

Graduate coursework is intended to strengthen and broaden a student's basic scientific knowledge and to assist in understanding of topics that are relevant to the student's research. Therefore, the curriculum is designed by the student and his/her graduate advisory committee based on the student's research interests and needs, taking into consideration previous education and experiences. This approach easily accommodates students who perform interdisciplinary research. Most coursework is taken in the first year and rarely extends past the second.

Courses are listed in the Graduate Catalog of Studies.

For specific project descriptions, click on any individual faculty member's name in the faculty directory.

Complete degree requirments are listed in the Graduate Catalog of Studies:

GSIE Degree Requirements  

MS:  30 credit hours and a thesis, 3.0 GPA 

PhD:  72 credit hours and dissertation, 3.0 GPA

CHBC Department Degree Requirements

MS:  Complete  all  24  credit  hours  of  coursework  as  assigned by  committee

PhD:  Pass  7  Cumulative  exams  and  all  committee  assigned coursework

Please see the chemistry and biochemistry graduate handbook for an in-depth overview of program requirements.

Please the GSIE graduate student handbook for an in-depth overview of program requirements.

Financial  Support

  • Graduate  Assistantships  (GA)  -  $23,200  stipend  ($17400  is  provided  for  the  9-month  academic  year  and  $5800  for summer  support  through  a  graduate  assistantship  (GA).    All  Ph.D.  students  admitted  to  the  graduate  program  are supported  by  a  graduate  assistantship  for  the  duration  of  their  graduate  studies  contingent  upon  satisfactory performance  and  availability  of  funds.  There  are  two  types  of  Graduate  Assistantships:  Teaching  Assistants  (TA)  or Research  Assistants  (RA).  Students  are  typically  TAs  in  their  first  year.  Most  students  will  qualify  for  a  RA  position  at the  end  of  the  second  semester.
  • A full  waiver  of  tuition  is  provided  and  is  currently  valued  at  $6,563  (resident),  $17850  (non-resident/international.) Graduate  Assistants  are  required  to  be  enrolled  in  6  credit  hours  each  fall  and  spring  and  3  credit  hours  in  the summer.
  • Health  Insurance  -  Domestic  students  have  the  option  of  purchasing  discounted  rate  health  insurance  through  the University.  International  students  are  required  to  purchase  health  insurance  through  the  University  (please  see http://health.uark.edu/my-health/insurance.php  for  exceptions  to  this  rule.)  The  current  annual  cost  of  the  student health  insurance  plan  is  $1,148  for  domestic  students  and  $983.00  for  international  students.  Graduate  Assistants receive  a  66.6%  discount.
  • Graduate  Travel  Support  -  Travel  subsidies  are  available  from  the  Graduate  School  to  allow  students  to  make  one presentation  per  year  at  a  major  conference.  The  current  maximum  travel  subsidy  is  $1,100.
  • Fellowships  -  Nomination  packets  are  submitted  by  the  department  to  the  Graduate  School.    Please  email cheminfo@uark.edu,  if  at  the  time  you  apply,  you  would  like  to  be  considered  for  a  fellowship.

Distinguished  Doctoral  Fellowship  (DDF) Minimum  requirements:  Entering  with  B.S.  /GPA  3.65 /  GRE ~302 (M.S.  ~314)  /  analytical  writing  5.0 $44,800  for  4  years  ($22,000  fellowship  +  $23,200 GA stipend

Doctoral  Academy  Fellowship  (DAF) Minimum  requirements:  Entering  with  B.S.  /GPA 3.5  /  GRE  ~302  /  analytical  writing  4.5 $34,800  for  4  years  ($12,000  fellowship  +  $23,200 GA stipend)

Admission  Requirements

University  of Arkansas  Graduate  School

Domestic  Prospective  Students:

  • A conferred  baccalaureate  degree.  Students  who have  not  completed  their  baccalaureate  degree  at the  time  of  application  must  have  a  3.0  cumulative GPA on the  last  60.0  credit  hours  of  attempted coursework.  Students  who  have  a  degree  at  the time  of  application  must  have  a  3.0  cumulative GPA on the  last  60.0  credit  hours  of  attempted coursework  from  a  regionally  accredited  institution of  higher  education. 
  • Or, a conferred  post-baccalaureate  degree,  master's degree  or  doctoral  degree  (excluding  professional degrees)  from  a  regionally  accredited  institution.
  • A standardized  test  score  (i.e.  GRE  code  6866) 

International  Prospective  Students:

  • A conferred  post-baccalaureate,  master,  or doctoral  degree  (excluding  professional  degrees) from  a  regionally  accredited  institution.
  • The  Graduate  School  requires  the  GRE  (e.g.  GRE code  6866)  or  comparable  standardized examination  for  admission  consideration  for  degree seeking  students.  Exemptions  have  been  approved for  some  programs.  Please  contact  your  program  of interest  to  determine  if  you  are  required  to  submit official  test  scores.

Chemistry  and Biochemistry  Graduate  Program 

  • The  Graduate  School  requires  a  GRE  score.  The chemistry  and  biochemistry  department  does  not require  a  minimum  for  that  GRE  score
  • 3.0  minimum  GPA Undergraduate  
  • Coursework  Requirements*:  
  • General  Chemistry  I  +  General  Chemistry  II,  
  • Sophomore  Analytical  or  Quantitative  Analysis,
  • Organic  Chemistry  I  +  Organic  Chemistry  II,
  • Physical  Chemistry  I  +  Physical  Chemistry  II,
  • Calculus  I  +  Calculus  II,
  • Physics  I  +  Physics  II,
  • Advanced  Analytical  or  Instrumental  Analysis,
  • Advanced  Inorganic, Organic  Analysis  or  Physical  Methods  of  Organic Analysis