Doctor of Philosophy
The Doctor of Philosophy degree is offered in inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry and analytical/environmental chemistry.
The Ph.D, a research degree, is the highest offered by American universities. It is never awarded simply upon the completion of a prescribed course of study but only when a student has demonstrated mastery of the fundamentals of chemistry, and the ability to make original contributions to his/her field.
The precise requirements for the Ph.D. degree at the University of Montana are tailored to the student's particular background, needs and interest by an advisory committee. Interdisciplinary programs are encouraged.
Master of Science
The Master of Science degree is also offered in inorganic, organic, physical chemistry and analytical/environmental chemistry. The course program consists of a broad core program plus electives approved by an advisory committee. Thesis and non-thesis options are available, although the thesis option is usually preferred.
Master of Science for Teachers
The Master of Science for Teachers degree is designed to be a flexible opportunity for certified teachers of chemistry to improve command of their subject matter. Work in related areas, including education, is possible under some options. Students design their own course of study in collaboration with a faculty advisor. Students attending summer session may work for credit in a faculty research program. Both thesis and non-thesis options are available. Two semesters and a summer are usually required for completion of the degree.
Master of Arts
The Master of Arts degree is designed for students who have interests in applying advanced knowledge in chemistry to careers in education, marketing, business, laboratory management, scientific journalism, or public policy.