Graduate Studies in Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Arizona


The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Arizona offers Ph.D. programs in both Chemistry and Biochemistry. Our, cutting-edge research programs span several traditional subdisciplines of chemistry including analytical, biochemistry, organic, physical, inorganic, chemical education and teacher preparation, as well as a broad range of multidisciplinary research programs including biological chemistry, materials science, surface science, polymer science, protein science, and gas phase and interstellar chemistry. The breadth and diversity of our program provides students considerable freedom to in their Ph.D. studies.

In additional to formal Departmental appointments, our faculty members routinely participate in a number of interdisciplinary graduate training program including Biological Chemistry Program, Chemical Physics Program, Biochemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology, Program in Applied Mathematics, Computational Modeling of Biomedical Systems, IGERT Program in Comparative Genomics. Graduate students may choose to be affiliated with any number of these programs, some of which provide research assistantships on a highly competitive basis.

The faculty of Chemistry and Biochemistry consistently receive research support from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense and Department of Energy. Annual research expenditures in the Department are in excess of $23 million. The research endeavors in the Department are further supported and enhanced by our world-class research support services.


Students in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Ph.D. program are supported for the duration of their studies at UA through research or teaching assistantships, as well as full graduate tuition remission. In addition, a number of our students have received highly-competitive fellowships, including prestigious National Science Foundation predoctoral fellowships, which support them for the duration of their studies in the program. Moreover, students who are engaged in interdisciplinary research through one of the externally funded research programs qualify for training grant support.


Our distinguished, award-winning and internationally recognized faculty inspire creativity and innovation in their students and colleagues. Your professors at the University of Arizona will be much more than teachers - they will become your lifelong mentors.


Applications will be accepted beginning October 1, 2014. The application deadline is January 5, 2015. Applications are accepted online via the University of Arizona Graduate College application portal. Questions regarding the program or application process should be directed to