Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

3-4 years
Credit Hours:

72 (with Bachelor's degree)42 (with Master's degree)
Make innovative strides in science with advanced research and educational opportunities in Chemistry.
The Ph.D. degree emphasizes independent research in an area of chemistry of your choosing. It also includes advanced coursework that equips you with a solid understanding of the fundamentals of chemistry while preparing you to apply your knowledge to problems at the forefront of science. Collaborations and interdisciplinary research projects are an important and growing feature of our program. Ph.D. degrees are available with primary concentrations in Inorganic, Organic, Physical, or Analytical Chemistry, or in Chemistry Education.

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Why Earn a Chemistry Ph.D.?

The Ph.D. program is grounded in the four traditional fields of analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry, but also encompasses emerging interdisciplinary areas such as computational chemistry, materials chemistry, chemical biology, and chemistry education research.

From designing new optoelectronic or pharmaceutical materials to reducing toxic emissions and the invention of new clean fuels, our combination of internationally recognized faculty members and state-of-the-art facilities has provided alumni with the tools needed to thrive and succeed in the job market.

Our faculty members are committed to excellence and your success. They’ve been recognized with awards in their fields from the National Science Foundation, the W.M. Keck Foundation, the American Vacuum Society, and the American Chemical Society, among others. They also serve as editors or on editorial boards of major scientific journals and receive national and international recognition for their research expertise.

Doctoral student research culminates in a written dissertation of demonstrable scientific merit. The department requires that at least one paper from your Ph.D. work be accepted or submitted to a refereed journal by the time of the oral dissertation defense.

Marketable Skills
  • Advanced chemical experiment design
  • Research proposals writing
  • Proficiency in scientific ethics
  • Safe handling of hazardous chemicals
  • Research presentation skills

Chemistry Ph.D. Highlights

The Department of Chemistry offers diverse opportunities for graduate students interested in cutting-edge technology and research. We allow students to pursue their scientific creativity with guidance from leading chemistry faculty.
Interdisciplinary studies are encouraged within Chemistry and other science departments. Notable areas of strength include computational chemistry, materials chemistry, chemical biology, and chemistry education research.
You may apply for teaching or research assistantships and research fellowships through the department. Teaching and research assistants receive a monthly stipend and tuition coverage.
UNT is ranked as a Tier One Research University by the Carnegie Classification system, is one of the five largest university in Texas, and is the most comprehensive in the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) area.

Career Outlook

Earning an advanced degree in chemistry prepares you to be a leader in the scientific and technological advances that will bring us a better future. M.S. and Ph.D. graduates are valued for their knowledge of advanced subject material and, especially, for their research skills and experience. Ph.D. chemists often rise to positions of leadership within their organizations.

Recent alumni of UNT's chemistry graduate program have received positions at world-class companies and institutions, including:

  • Intel
  • Honeywell
  • Savannah River National Laboratory
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Lockheed-Martin
  • AMPAC Fine Chemicals

Chemistry Ph.D. Courses You Could Take

Computational Chemistry and Biochemistry (3 hrs)
Course covering the latest techniques for the study of reactions of interest to chemists and biologists via the use of molecular modeling and quantum mechanical simulations.
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3 hrs)
Advanced study of the interrelation of structure, bonding and reactivity of inorganic and organometallic compounds; basic applications of molecular symmetry and group theory to chemical problems.
Seminar for Doctoral Candidates (3 hrs)
Demonstration of competence in a specific area of chemistry (analytical, organic, physical, inorganic) as evidenced by criteria established by the faculty of each discipline.
Advanced Analytical Chemistry (3 hrs)Advanced treatment of analytical chemistry, including the following topics
advanced separation methods, analytical applications of electrochemistry and spectroscopy, experimental design, sampling and data analysis.
Learning Theories in Chemistry Education (3 hrs)
Survey of chemistry education and preparation for teaching and learning as they have developed, along with pertinent research findings and design from the current literature.
Chemical Biology Design and Instrumentation (3 hrs)
Emphasizes the determination, structure and chemical function of biological molecules. Topics include biological chemical function, structure related to function of biological chemistries, instrumentation and methods in molecular biology, and biochemical kinetics.

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