DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

The Department of Chemistry at SMU has a long history of excellence in research and teaching. The faculty maintains active research programs, attend numerous national and international meetings in their fields, and publish in major journals.

The Ph.D. program, established in 2004, builds on the faculty expertise and emphasizes three major areas:

1. Materials | Polymer Chemistry

2. Theoretical | Computational Chemistry

3. Organic | Medicinal | Bioorganic Chemistry

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PROGRAMS OFFERED

The Department of Chemistry will offer two Ph.D. degrees:

EXPERIMENTAL CHEMISTRY

Offered since 2004
Focusing on the experimental areas of
Organic | Medicinal | Bioorganic and
Materials | Polymer

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THEORETICAL AND COMPUTATIONAL CHEMISTRY

A new program offered by the Computational
and Theoretical Chemistry (CATCO)
group at SMU

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These programs both have the goal of maximizing each student's knowledge in the chosen field of study and preparing him or her for research and a future career in academia and/or private industry.

EXPERIMENTAL FACILITIES

Experimental Facilities

In 2004, the chemistry research labs were relocated to fully remodeled facilities in Fondren Science at the north end of the SMU campus. These labs provide safe, modern, and flexible working space for all students and faculty as well as student office space separate from the laboratories. The department maintains a modern arsenal of research and teaching instrumentation that plays a vital role in research. Graduate students will obtain hands-on experience in any instrument needed for their research programs.

COMPUTATIONAL FACILITIES

Computational Facilities

SMU's new High Performance Computing Center (HPC) is one of the largest among all private universities, providing excellent computational facilities for the graduate students of the TCC program.  

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

What prerequisites are needed to move forward with our programs:

EXPERIMENTAL CHEMISTRY

  1. Bachelor's degree in Chemistry

  2. GRE exam, with the Chemistry Subject Area suggested

  3. 80+ score on TOEFL iBT or 6.5+ on IELTS if English is not the primary language

  4. 3 letters of recommendation

THEORETICAL AND COMPUTATIONAL CHEMISTRY

  1. Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Biology, Chemical Engineering, or Computer Science

  2. GRE exam

  3. 80+ score on TOEFL iBT or 6.5+ on IELTS if English is not the primary language

  4. 3 letters of recommendation

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

What methods are required to complete our programs:

DEADLINES FOR ADMISSIONS

Priority deadline for fall admission for the Chemistry Ph.D. program is January 15.

Priority deadline for fall admission for the TCC Ph.D. program is January 31.

Final deadline for fall admission is May 1.

DEPARTMENT ASSISTANTSHIPS

All applications to be considered for department assistantships must be completed by the applicable priority deadline.

Note: Applications received after the applicable priority deadline will be considered for any remaining funds and openings.

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ALUMNI SUCCESS STORIES

Vytor Oliviera is the very first graduate of SMU’s Theoretical and Computational Chemistry Ph.D. program. His research studied the strength and nature of non-covalent interactions such as halogen, chalcogen and pnicogen bonds using advanced quantum mechanical methods. He will begin post doctorate work in Brazil and plans to become a university professor. 
Read more about Vytor's research at SMU here.