Why earn a doctorate in chemistry?

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Chemists play an increasingly important role in advancing scientific knowledge and breaking new ground. The Ph.D. program at UND combines hands-on interdisciplinary research and classroom instruction to distinguish you as independent thinker, capable of making original contributions to the field.

You'll graduate with the ability to:

  • Design and interpret experiments using logic and critical-thinking skills.
  • Communicate effectively via writing and oral presentations on technical topics.
  • Conduct research in traditional disciplines as well as in a variety of interfacial areas including nanotechnology, renewable materials, polymerization catalysis, atmospheric chemistry, sustainable chemistry applications, applied theoretical and computational chemistry.
  • Develop your leadership skill within Chemistry discipline enabling successful application for jobs in academia and industry.
  • Use state-of-the-art instrumentation.
  • Participate in our Chemistry Graduate Student Association and other student activities.

As a Ph.D. Chemistry student, you'll complete a major research project that makes significant contributions to the field of chemistry.

Chemistry Ph.D. at UND

  • Contribute to your field of study through focused research in chemical synthesis, analysis and application, or theory

  • Present your research at national and international conferences.

  • Receive financial support through a teaching assistantship.

  • Enjoy access to state-of-the-art instrumentation.

  •  Participate in our Chemistry Graduate Student Association and other student activities.

  •  Work with experienced faculty and researchers who regularly publish peer-reviewed research.

Chemistry Careers 


Anticipated job growth for postsecondary chemistry teachers

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Mean annual salary for postsecondary chemistry teachers

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A Ph.D. in Chemistry gives you skills and qualifications to teach and do research at the college level. UND Chemistry graduates go on to a variety of dynamic careers in industry, government and scientific research.

UND Chemistry Alumni

Chemistry alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:

  • 3M Science
  • Agilent, Inc.
  • University of Minnesota
  • Corning, Inc.
  • Purdue University
  • University of North Carolina
  • United States Department of the Navy

Chemistry Ph.D. Courses You Could Take

Hands-On Experience

Conduct research in an environment tailored to help you achieve your goals.