Graduate ProgramProgram Overview
Application and Admission
Faculty and Research
Official Program Policies
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Director of Graduate Studies (DGS)
Dr. Steve Berry
Ms. Jill Custer
Office: 246 Chem
Our graduate program provides students with the opportunity of conducting, communicating, and publishing original research in chemistry and related fields under the supervision of a graduate faculty in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry or affiliated programs.
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers a MS degree in Chemistry. Currently, our program consists of 37 graduate students (49% female, 25% international) that are supported by the Department (Teaching Assistantships) or by faculty-based research grants. We have over 30 faculty research laboratories to choose from, with research interests in all major subdivisions, such as analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic, or physical chemistry, in addition to research opportunities ranging from computational to fresh water and environmental chemistry. Check here for more information on faculty and research interests. The median time-to-MS-degree over the last 10 years (2001-2010) in our program is 2.1 years. Upon graduation, our students either seek a PhD degree, employment, or enter a professional school, such as dental, medical, or pharmacy school.
We have also established a Chemical Biology (CB) track under the umbrella of Integrated Biosciences (IBS) Graduate Program, which offers both MS and Ph.D. degrees here at UMD. In the IBS/CB program, students are trained at the interface between chemistry, biology, medicine, and physics with unique set of analytical and theoretical skills towards quantitative biological systems/processes.