Department of Chemistry

The Chemistry Graduate Program at Texas A&M University ranks in the top ten among public universities. Assistantship stipends are $27,000 for twelve months. In addition, tuition and mandatory fees are paid for students, both domestic and international, in good standing pursuing Ph.D. degrees, for up to 5 years of graduate study. Applicants are automatically considered for supplemental department and university-wide fellowships.

Application Deadline

The priority date for Fall 2021 applications is December 15, 2020.

We are aware of delays to the in-person GRE general and subject tests and TOEFL tests due to COVID-19. Please visit the ETS website for information about their at-home testing options.

Successful completion of the graduate program requires that certain milestones be reached in a timely fashion. It is the student’s responsibility to know the rules, timeline and pertinent procedures of the program and to meet its standards and requirements.

Milestones by Year

  • 1

    Select a Research Advisor by October 15th of year one details

    Begin Teaching complete before graduation details

    Begin Coursework complete before graduation details

    File a Degree Plan by June 30th of year one details

    Demonstrate Proficiency in English international students - by end of year one details

    Pass Cumulative Examinations by the end of your 2nd year of study details

  • 2

    Present 681 Seminar by the end of your 2nd year of study details

    Submit a Research Proposal for Approval 2 weeks before preliminary exam details

    Pass Preliminary Examination by the end of your 5th long-semester (year 2.5) details

  • 3-4

    Graduate Student Progress Report details

  • 5

    Submit Thesis or Dissertation 2 weeks before oral defense details

    Final Defense before graduation (1 year to prepare) details

  • Graduate

Graduate awards honor the outstanding contributions of our students to research and teaching. Awards are also available to support travel for our students to present their work at scientific meetings. The below sections outline how to nominate or apply for our departmental awards. A description of external awards, in some cases requiring nominations to be forwarded through the department, is further included.

Upcoming Professional Development Activities

Harthcock Professional Development Symposium
May 21, 2019

A day-long event featuring panels and talks by chemists on both the academic and industrial career paths. Sessions will focus on the job search, transitioning to becoming a professional chemist, career trajectories for chemists and essential skills for professional chemists. Learn more about the symposium.

Dow Professional Development Workshops and Poster Session
May 22, 2019

Dissertation Distillation: How to effectively summarize your work. Small-group workshop series to prepare you for job interviews. View Workshop and Poster Session schedules

The Texas A&M Chemistry graduate experience is greatly enhanced by the social, outreach and professional development activities organized by student associations. Many members of our diverse student population are affiliated with several associations.

General Questions

Graduate Program Office
114 Chemistry

Admissions Questions

Valerie McLaughlin
114 Chemistry

Academic Advising

Sandra Horton
114 Chemistry

Financial Support

Julie Zercher
120x Chemistry


Dept. of Chemistry Graduate Program Office
Texas A&M University
P.O. Box 30012
College Station, TX 77842-3012

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Texas A&M University
Department of Chemistry Graduate Program Office
Ross @ Spence Street
Room 114 College Station, TX 77843