Chemistry and Biochemistry graduate program information

Learn more about the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry graduate programs and their requirements at Central Michigan University.

Chemistry and biochemistry graduate programs

Chemistry (M.S.)

The Chemistry M.S. degree is a 2-year research degree that will prepare you for a career in the chemical industry and related industries, or for continued education in Ph.D. programs and various professional schools.

Science of Advanced Materials (Ph.D.)

The interdisciplinary SAM Ph.D. program will provide you with experience utilizing modeling, synthesis, and characterization approaches to research the chemical, physical, and mathematical properties of advanced materials.

Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology (M.S., Ph.D.)

In the BCMB M.S. and BCMB Ph.D. programs, you'll receive multidisciplinary training in a diverse range of biological and biomedical research areas. Together, these interdepartmental programs feature faculty members, who are mainly housed in the state-of-the-art Biosciences Building and hail from various Departments and Colleges across campus.

Research areas and facilities

Our faculty work in all of the major chemical disciplines (analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry) on topics ranging from clean energy and renewable materials to understanding and combatting cancer and infectious diseases. Please visit our department's areas of research and visit our department's faculty profiles to learn more.

Graduate teaching and research assistantships for Chemistry M.S. students

We have graduate teaching assistantships available for you. Graduate teaching assistantships (GTAs) and graduate research assistantships (GRAs) are service-related appointments that require teaching or research, respectively. Through an assistantship, you will receive a stipend, resident (Michigan) tuition rates, a tuition waiver, travel accident insurance, and special library privileges. A full-time assistantship during the fall and spring semesters requires approximately 20 hours of work per week; a half-time assistantship requires approximately 10 hours of work per week.


GTAs receive the following compensation package:

  • A competitive academic year stipend
  • 20 credit hours of tuition waiver for the academic year (unused hours may be used in the summer). Typical graduate students use 15-17 credits per year
  • Out-of-state tuition waiver
  • A summer stipend

Re-appointment policy

Graduate teaching assistantships are awarded for one year. Assistantships awarded to students in our master's degree program are renewable for one additional year. Graduate assistants enrolled in the master's program requesting an assistantship beyond two years must compete with new applicants for such awards.


Assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis. All applicants to the chemistry graduate programs are automatically considered for teaching and research assistantships. Part-time students are not eligible. Applications for admission to the graduate programs in chemistry are available through  Office of Graduate Studies. To receive full consideration for financial support beginning in a fall semester, all application materials must be received no later than February 1.

For more information, please contact the program advisor:

Bingbing Li
Dow Science Complex 257