What degrees do you offer?

We offer doctorate and master degree programs; however, as a research institution, we primarily admit students to our doctorate program. If you are applying for the doctorate program, do not apply for the master's program, too. We offer degrees in chemistry and chemical physics. Please only apply to one or the other (not both).

When will I learn if I am accepted?

Notifications come in January and February, and you need to accept or decline the offer of admissions. When we give you an offer, we also invite you to visit our department and the Twin Cities; however, if airfare is needed, we only pay for flights within the United States. We do not pay for international flights.

Is financial support available?

All students in good academic standing receive complete financial support throughout their graduate career, including tuition, health and dental insurance (health insurance is a minimal fee). Support can include the following:

  • Graduate assistantships: stipend is about $27,000/year for 12 months;
  • Department fellowships: we award additional support to a select number of students; and
  • Other fellowship opportunities available from the Graduate School and National Science Foundation.


  • Prospective Graduate Students
    Application Information
    (612) 624-8008
    Fax: 1-612-624-5724

    Stephanie Stathopoulous
    Assistant to the Director of Graduate Studies
    135 Smith Hall
    (612) 624-8008

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

    • Director of Graduate Studies in Chemistry
    • Professor Aaron Massari
    • massari@umn.edu
    • Director of Graduate Studies In Chemical Physics
    • Professor Renee Frontiera
    • rrf@umn.edu