The Ph.D. program in Chemistry requires successful completion of a series
of courses in a field of specialization, a series of seminar courses,
a coursework minor, a Ph.D. candidacy examination, and defense of a thesis
describing original research. For a complete list of graduate degree requirements:
Graduate Student Handbook. Required academic forms can be downloaded.
Courses: A student must complete five graduate-level classes at the A
or B grade levels. A list of all
classes offered is found here.
Seminars: Participation in the following seminar classes should be completed
by the end of the third semester.
- Faculty Seminar (Chem 8901) - Faculty give an overview of their activities
to acquaint you with research at Georgia Tech and aid you in selecting
a research group.
- Research Tools (Chem 8902) - A discussion of research ethics, scientific careers, thesis writing, research proposal preparation, and creating engaging presentations.
- Student Seminar (Chem 8903) - Seminars presented by 2nd year graduate students. This series is designed to help you develop presentation skills for your own professional growth. You will receive feedback from faculty and students.
Core requirements: In addition to courses and seminars, Ph.D. candidates
- a series of literature exams in the core disciplines of chemistry to
expose students to current research in chemistry.
- a Ph.D. candidacy exam by the end of the second year to evaluate critical thinking, creativity, fundamental knowledge of chemistry, and research progress.
- a data review with the thesis committee 3-6 months prior to thesis defense to evaluate research progress and timeline for completion of thesis research.
- a thesis defense describing original research.