Graduate Program Overview

Degree progress
RequirementM.S.Ph.D.
Proficiency Exams>Beginning of 1st or 2nd semesterBeginning of 1st or 2nd semester
Coursework15 grad credits – first 1 ½ years18 grad credits – first 2 years
*Selection of Research AdvisorDecember 1(If entering in Fall) or May 1(If entering in Spring)December 1(If entering in Fall) or May 1(If entering in Spring)
**Selection of CommitteeFebruary 1 (If entering in Fall) or September 1 (If entering in Spring)February 1 (If entering in Fall) or September 1 (If entering in Spring)
Fall Poster SessionAfter 1st summer of researchAfter 1st summer of research
Literature Seminar2nd year2nd year
**Cumulative ExamsStart at the beginning of 2nd year – need 5 points in 6 tries.
**Oral Candidacy Exam (Proposal Defense)The end of the 5th semester
**Candidacy ApplicationAfter formal courses and literature seminar are completeAfter formal courses, literature seminar, cumulative exams and proposal defense are complete
**Graduation ApplicationAt the beginning of the semester that you plan to graduate. If not being full time student that semester, you still must register 1 credit of CHEM 697At the beginning of the semester that you plan to graduate. If not being full time student that semester, you still must register 1 credit of CHEM 697

*Notify Graduate Administrative Assistant and Department Chair

**Notify Graduate Administrative Assistant and Graduate Director

Graduate Handbook References

The following table summarizes the most important requirements of the graduate programs in chemistry.  The page numbers refer to the page numbers in the current edition of the 2014-2015.

Important grad program requirements
RequirementGraduate handbook reference
Cumulative Examspp. 19
Oral Candidacy Exam(Proposal Defense)pp. 19-20 – MUST NOTIFY GRADUATE DIRECTOR OF DATE, TIME, LOCATION  AND TITLE OF PROPOSAL TWO WEEKS IN ADVANCE
Candidacy ApplicationM.S. – p. 22   Ph.D. – p. 20
Credits Required for GraduationM.S. – 12 credits CHEM 697; 30 total                   Ph.D. – 30 credits CHEM 697; 60 total
Thesis/Dissertation DefenseM.S. – p. 23   Ph.D. – p. 20 MUST NOTIFY GRADUATE DIRECTOR OF DATE, TIME, LOCATION  AND TITLE OF THESIS/DISSERTATION TWO WEEKS IN ADVANCE
Graduation Applicationpp. 31-32

Course Schedule and Registration

You can get the class schedule for a particular semester at www.vcu.edu under the “Academic Programs” tab and then clicking on “Schedule of Classes”, which are grouped by subject (chemistry, chemical biology, nanotechnology, engineering, etc.). Write down the course registration number (CRN) and section you intend to take, as they will be needed for registering online when using the link “Register for Classes”. If not able to register because of missing pre-requisite, email the Graduate Administrative Assistant immediately with course information, so that an override authorization can be processed.

Register no later than the add/drop period posted on the Academic Calendar, which starts on the first day of classes and lasts 6 days in Fall/Spring, but for Summer registration it only lasts 24 h. Approval of registration changes beyond the add/drop period is extremely unlikely.

Graduate Curriculum Map

Registration:

All students

  • Register BEFORE ADD/DROP is over
  • Register for CHEM 690 (seminar) every semester, except the semester that you give your literature seminar, when you will register for CHEM 692

Full-time students

  • Register for a minimum of 9 credits, or 12 credits if still taking formal classes

Part-time students

  • Register for seminar and at least 1 credit of CHEM 697 each semester you are working in the lab 

Important Contacts:

Admissions Issues

Chemistry Graduate Director

Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Director

Chemical Biology Director

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