The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Graduate Programs offers primarily Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry.   Our twenty faculty members are research active in the areas of analytical, biochemistry, computational, inorganic, organic, materials, and physical chemistry. Faculty have a broad and complimentary expertise in a range of specialty areas including chemical synthesis, microbiological manipulations, chemical structure, spectroscopic techniques, and mechanism at the molecular level.  The research at our department is highly collaborative with interdisciplinary research opportunities for the student across campus and abroad. 

Applying to our Department

PLEASE NOTE- AS OF APRIL 15-2021, we are no longer accepting applications for Fall 2021 

Applications for Fall of 2022 will be accepted starting September of 2021.

Priority is given to applications that are in our office by January 15th. Applications received after January 15th, are still eligible for acceptance if space is available. Filling out and submitting an application form is the first step toward becoming a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Contact Doreen Brown prior to submitting your application. Prior to Janaury 15, 2022, the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department will pay your application fee if you meet minimum requirements.  No waivers will be provided after January 15, 2022 but you can still submit an application. 

To apply, click here. 

If you have any questions, email doreen.brown@montana.edu or call: 1-877-472-3776 

Doreen Brown Ed.D.
Graduate Program Director
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717-3400

Admissions Information

Admission decisions are determined by review of applicants' transcripts, personal statement, letters of recommendation, undergraduate research, and strength of chemistry/biochemistry undergraduate background (including general, analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry courses; mathematics through calculus; and college level physics). Although applications are accepted throughout the year, most offers are made for admission in the fall semester.  Please note, we do not accept students directly into MS tracks.  Applications are accepted for our Ph.D. programs only.

The following criteria should be used as a guide to help you as you apply to our Ph.D. programs. 

  • Undergraduate GPA must be 3.0 or above.
  • GRE scores are NOT required. 
  • All international students must show English proficiency.  You can submit IELTS or the iBT form of the TOEFL and provide a report.  A TOEFL total score of 90 is required with a minimum speaking score of 26 to qualify for admission to our programs and for a teaching assistantship. A total minimum score of 7.0 is required on the IELTS exam and a speaking component score of 8.0 to qualify for a teaching assistantship.
  • Your personal statement should include your short term academic goals and long term professional goals and why our Department is a good fit for you.  Accordingly, include in your statement, any research you experienced as an undergraduate, and finally include the names of 3 professors you would like to research with and why.
  • You do not need to contact faculty to apply or be accepted into the program.
  • Review of applications begin in early January and continues until our class is full. Priority is given to early applicants.
  • Applicants will be notified about acceptance and financial awards no later than April 1st. Complete applications should be in our office by January 15th. Applications received after January 15th are still eligible for acceptance if space is available, however, no waivers will be provided.
  • If accepted into the PhD program, support in the first year for the incoming class will be in the form of a Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) and a tuition waiver.  Subsequent support will be determined in consultation with your research advisor as either a GTA or Graduate Research Assistant.
  • Creativity Awards and Presidential Scholarships are available for highly qualified candidates. No special application is necessary for one of these awards; they are made at the discretion of the Graduate Program Committee and The Graduate School.
  • Additional information for International Students
  • Contact Graduate Program Director, contact Doreen Brown prior to submitting your application. The Chemistry & Biochemistry Department will pay the application fee for you if you meet minimum requirements.
  • Graduate Online Application

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