University of Chicago
Division of the Physical Sciences
The PhD program in the Department of Chemistry offers wide opportunity and unusual flexibility for advanced study and research, and is designed to encourage individuality, independence, and excellence in students. Most students select their research advisor by Winter Quarter of their first year and are engaged in research by the Spring Quarter. The Department has neither a system of cumulative examinations nor a written major examination. There are relatively few course requirements; there is great flexibility as to which courses may be taken.
In the Division of the Physical Sciences, barriers between departments are low. Students in the Department of Chemistry often take courses in other departments and can even earn the degree in chemistry for research that has been done under the supervision of a member of another department. Students are encouraged to fashion special programs of study under the guidance of the faculty.
Since 1913, the University of Chicago has been continuously accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.
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