Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry | Graduate Program
Application fee is $60
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
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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:
MS: 30 credit hours and a thesis, 3.0 GPA
PhD: 72 credit hours and dissertation, 3.0 GPA
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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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)
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.
- 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