Loyola University Chicago

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Graduate Programs

Graduate Programs at Loyola University Chicago (MS & PhD) 

The department of chemistry provides graduate students a unique atmosphere, with state of the art instrumentation, accomplished professors, and motivated researchers. Much of the current research transcends traditional boundaries to include fields such as surface chemistry of organic electronic materials, quantifying physiological processes via synthesis of optical probes, applied information theory to thermodynamic systems, and metal analysis in retina causing cataract development. Weekly seminars and the annual Denkewalter Lecture, which brings the winner of either the American Chemical Society’s Pure Chemistry or Eli Lilly awards to campus, provide opportunities to learn about recent advances from respected academic and industrial scientists.

Why Chemistry At Loyola?

Loyola University Chicago’s mission of cura personalis means we limit our program enrollment in order to provide highly involved mentoring to our students. Our intimate group size allows you time to engage your mentor and acquire superior access to the instrumentation. We are a well-funded research institution with over a million dollars annually in research grants.  Our graduate students have received international student recognitions such as Rachel Farber, at the 64th International Symposium of the American Vacuum Society (AVS) where she was awarded the Morton M. Traum Student Award for her work on surface science as well as the top honor Nellie Yeoh Whetten Award. 

Located on Lake Michigan in the city of Chicago allows access to the state of the art National Lab Facilities including Argonne Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source, and access to the Fermi Lab’s PIP2 proton source, providing cutting edge resources to our students.  We also allow part time enrollment tailored towards working professionals with graduate level courses offered in the evening.

Degree Programs

The Graduate Chemistry program at Loyola University Chicago encompasses the traditional fields of specialization, including:

Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Education,  Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Physical Chemistry

Degrees Available are:

MS in Chemistry with Thesis

MS in Chemistry (coursework only)

PhD in Chemistry

5-year BS/MS in Chemistry

Graduate Certificates

Condensed Teaching Certification in Collegiate Chemistry (expected 2020)

Next Step

Apply Now Applications for the fall are initially evaluated on the first week of December though applications are considered until May 1st. Applications for the spring are initially evaluated on the third week of September though applications are considered until November 1st.

Please take a few minutes to investigate the exciting opportunities available for you at Loyola University's Department of Chemistry. To receive more information by mail, about Chemistry and the University itself, please visit LUC.edu/gpem/rfi/.