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Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry

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Ph.D. Degree Requirements

Each Ph.D. aspirant must complete the following course requirements:

  1. Distribution Requirement: Complete the same distribution requirement as for the Master of Science in chemistry.
  2. Complete with a B– or higher 4 courses at the 700 level or above in chemistry or a related area. The list of courses to be completed must be agreed upon by the student and the student’s research adviser and approved by the graduate affairs committee before the beginning of the student’s second semester in the program. (Changes to the list can only be made with the approval of the student, the research adviser, and the graduate affairs committee.) Note: these 4 courses represent a minimal set and do not preclude the student, with consultation of the research adviser, from taking additional courses in support of the research effort.
  3. Complete with a B- or higher a course on Scientific Ethics or Responsible Conduct of Research. This course satisfies the university Foreign Language or Other Research Skill requirement for the chemistry Ph.D.

These courses must be satisfactorily completed before a student takes the comprehensive oral examination.

The aspirant also must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. A comprehensive oral examination must be completed. The student must prepare a written, original research proposal before the examination is scheduled. The proposal must be presented and defended orally at the examination; however, the examination is comprehensive in nature. The student must be prepared for questions on a range of topics in the discipline. It should be noted that requirements (1) and (2) must be completed before the comprehensive oral examination can be taken. Failure to pass the oral examination before the beginning of the fourth year of graduate study leads to ineligibility for support by departmental or research funds.
  2. A dissertation based on original work of high quality in one of the principal fields of chemistry must be completed.
  3. A final oral examination and defense of the dissertation must be completed.

Note: Contact your department or program for more information about research skills and responsible scholarship, and the current requirements for doctoral students. Current policies on Doctoral Research Skills and Responsible Scholarship are listed in the KU Policy Library.

For further details, see Doctoral Degree Requirements, Doctor of Philosophy in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog.

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