About the Programs

Our department emphasizes cutting-edge research directed to the preparation of our students for competitive future careers. Diverse opportunities are provided by our faculty in fields of specialization that extend from the classical subdivisions of chemistry to biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, and materials chemistry. 

Interdisciplinary interactions on the UTSA campus, including those with the Center for Innovative Drug Discovery and the emerging Materials Science Program and Brain Initiative, are vibrant and growing. Collaborative research opportunities through the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the Southwest Research Institute, both a short distance from UTSA, add to the research vitality that can be found through graduate studies in chemistry. 

Our faculty bring experiences from the pharmaceutical industry and from highly ranked graduate and undergraduate academic institutions, and they have strong international connections. One of our faculty is Editor-in-Chief of a top-ranking journal of the American Chemical Society, and others are very well connected professionally to the chemistry and biochemistry communities. We are dedicated to ensuring that our students reach their potential and receive the professional opportunities that propel them onto rewarding careers. 

The graduate programs at our department are equal opportunity, non discriminating, and all inclusive. Women and underrepresented minorities are especially encouraged to apply. We have active participation in SACNAS, ACS, and other professional organizations.

Ph.D. Program

The doctorate program in chemistry emphasizes cutting -edge research to prepare students for competitive future careers. Accepted students recieve financial support through teaching and/or research assistantships. Our doctorate program focuses on research and thus requires fewer classes (3 core and 3 electives). A directed research proposal examination is completed by year two, an independent research proposal and dissertation follow in a timely manner. 

The Ph.D. program takes 4.8 years on average to complete and UTSA awards 5.7 degrees per year. Our groups have, on average, 6.4 publications per year.

M.S. Program

We offer 2 M.S. programs to cater to the student’s individual and professional goals. 

• Non-thesis M.S. Program is a shorter degree plan in which coursework is a major focus. While research is always an important aspect of study, a comprehensive research project is not emphasized. This program requires x classes to complete. 

• Thesis M.S. Program is a more research based degree plan in which a comprehensive Master’s Thesis (both written and oral) are required. The coursework remaisn the same as that of the above program.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree with 18 credit hours in field of study or in another appropriate field of study
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in all undergraduate chemistry courses
  • Completed application form
  • Official undergraduate transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • GRE score: no minimum score is required (report to school code # )
  • TOEFL score (international applicants): 550 paper/79 internet
  • IELTS Score (international applicants): 6.5
  • CV or Resumé recommended