Ph.D. in ChemistrySteps to the PhD
Ph.D. students are expected to take a broad range of advanced coursework, within and outside of the major area of interest. There are no specific required courses or credit hour requirements, but the student is required to take three graduate-level courses in areas outside of their research area.
- Courses equivalent to passing a guidance exam
- 9 credit hrs in at least 2 of 3 areas outside major divisional area of study
- Divisional and departmental seminar [3 hr]
- Research credit [6 hr]
- Minimum GPA – 2.75 overall, Ph.D. requires 3.0 in chemistry courses
To ensure students are well-versed in the advanced concepts of chemistry related
to their discipline, a series of examinations must be passed during
the course of study.
-Analytical, Inorganic, Organic, and Physical
-3 chances to pass exam (or course) by June
Cumulative Exams (Ph.D.)
The cumulative exams start in the second year and are administered once a month in the fall and spring semesters with each division (analytical, inorganic, organic and physical) providing an exam to students in their own division. The exams are graded pass/fail. A student must pass six exams in 16 attempts to complete the cumulative examinations.
Proposal Defense (Ph.D.)
After completion of the cumulative exams, the student submits an original research
proposal to their graduate research committee and defends the proposal in the oral
-Write and defend original research proposal
-Deadline: 6 months after passing 6th cume
- Dissertation Exam (Ph.D.)
Following the successful completion of the cumulative exams and proposal , students need to complete the body of research, prepare a dissertation, defend the dissertation before their graduate research committee and submit the dissertation to the WVU Libraries.
The graduate research committee includes the advisor and four additional faculty. One of the faculty members must be from outside the chemistry department.
- Select a research advisor and a Graduate Research Committee
- Complete an original research project
- Publish and present the results
- Write a comprehensive dissertation or thesis that documents the project and present and defend it to committee