Our Graduate Student Handbook contains information and policies on our doctorate and master's degree programs.

Graduate Student Handbook

Statement of general purpose and policies

University of Minnesota online resources and policies


  • proficiency exams
  • three member committee
  • faculty research adviser
  • terms of service
  • teaching assistant training
  • teaching assistantships
  • research assistantships
  • summer support
  • registration and tuition
  • tuition and fee statements
  • graduate assistant health care plan
  • employee benefits
  • teaching assistant leave of absence policy
  • keys and Ucard access
  • email accounts
  • outside employment
  • Graduate School forms
  • academic performance

Doctorate program in chemistry

  • course and seminar requirements
  • transfer credit course allowances
  • graduate degree plan form
  • written preliminary examination and committee
  • oral preliminary examination and committee
  • thesis credits
  • selection of doctorate final oral examination committee
  • third-year symposium
  • thesis preparation
  • graduation procedures and forms
  • final oral defense
  • changes in committees
  • rules for written preliminary exam in chemistry
  • rules for oral preliminary exam in chemistry
  • preparation for preliminary oral exam and master degree final defense
  • policy on collaborative research contributions for inclusion in Master's Plan A and doctorate dissertations in chemistry

Chemical Physics Graduate Program

Master's Degree program in chemistry

  • academic performance
  • Plan A final oral examination
  • Plan B course
  • Plan B projects
  • Plan B final examination

Other information

  • limitations for completing degree requirements
  • committees
  • authorship questions
  • grievances
  • teaching assistants leave of absence

Department of Chemistry forms


  • General email

    Nancy Thao
    Assistant to the Director of Graduate Studies
    115 Smith Hall
    (612) 624-0313

    • Director of Graduate Studies in Chemistry
    • Professor Philippe Buhlmann
    • buhlmann@umn.edu
    • Director of Graduate Studies In Chemical Physics
    • Professor Aaron Massari
    • massari@umn.edu