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2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

Materials Chemistry (Ph.D.)

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Program Overview

Gain an in-depth knowledge of chemistry and develop leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills within a research-intensive environment. Learn to conduct original, high-impact research with active mentorship from a faculty member. Choose from a variety of research topics that span the major disciplines within chemistry, including interdisciplinary, collaborative projects. Produce a record of peer-reviewed publications and network with peers in the scientific community. Learn more at usd.edu/chemistry.

DELIVERY: On campus

Doctor of Philosophy, Materials Chemistry

Major Area Coursework- 61 or 76-82 Credit Hours ## Pending SDBOR approval

  • Master’s coursework: 0-30 credit hours (USD Chemistry, M.S.  or an equivalent Master’s degree in Chemistry from a qualifying institution)

  • Doctoral coursework: 61 credit hours

  • 1 cr (6 credit hours required)
  • 1 to 9 cr (40 credit hours required)
  • Elective coursework: Complete 15 credit hours of 700 lecture-based chemistry courses.
  • Graduate courses at 700 level offered by other departments may satisfy this requirement if the courses are related to the student’s primary area of research interest and must be approved by the department. Students matriculating with the M.S. in Chemistry from USD can count any 700-level chemistry lecture-based courses towards both degrees; CHEM 709 and CHEM 710 are excluded from double count.

General Application Requirements

  1. Completed application
  2. $35 application fee
  3. Official transcripts*
  4. Letters of recommendation*
  5. Statement of purpose
  6. Resume/CV*

*Requirements for admission vary by program and may require different documentation and have different deadlines. This list is not all-inclusive, to view specific program requirements and submission deadlines, follow the “Admissions Information” hyperlink at the top of this page OR visit the specific program/dept. page found here: link.usd.edu/grad-catalog

Location Matters for Non-Licensure Track Programs

This program is not designed or advertised to lead to a professional license or certification required for employment.

USD is permitted to operate under the terms of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA) policies and standards in offering online courses/degree programs to residents in 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.  Online courses/programs may also be offered to residents of California (a non-SARA state) because it does not regulate out-of-state public institutions.

Additionally, this program is authorized to offer supervised field study experiences (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) in South Dakota. Please be aware that there may be some restrictions on your ability to engage in supervised field study outside of South Dakota. Please contact a program representative if you have questions regarding supervised field study.

Distance education courses or programs will not be offered outside of the United States without prior written approval from the University, which may be withheld for any reason. If you are taking distance courses while physically located outside of the United States, it is your responsibility to confirm the following: (a) if the country will recognize an online degree; (b) the availability of supervised field study opportunities in the country; and (c) if the country charges any additional taxes, withholdings or fees associated with online distance education programs.

For more information, please visit USD’s State Authorization page or contact your admissions counselor.


Department of Chemistry
605-658-6730 | chemistry@usd.edu usd.edu/chemistry

Graduate Admissions
605-658-6140 | gradadmissions@usd.edu  | usd.edu/grad


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