Timeline to Degree

Ph.D. in Chemistry Timeline

The time to complete the Ph.D. in Chemistry program is four to six years, with a typical student finishing in five years.

"A great thing about our program is the breadth of our research. You can explore many different areas of Chemistry."

- Dean Tantillo, Professor

Year 1

  • Take and pass four ACS Entrance Exams at the 50th percentile or better or any prescribed undergraduate courses with a grade of "B" or better.
  • Meet with faculty and join a research group by the end of the Fall quarter.
  • Take up to six graduate courses (one to three per quarter) based on your chosen research area.

Year 2

  • Take any remaining required graduate courses.
  • Take your Qualifying Examination (QE) either in Winter or Spring quarter, after all coursework is completed.
  • Nominate your dissertation committee and Advance to Candidacy with the Office of Graduate Studies.

Year 3

  • Present your research project to your dissertation committee and peers in a seminar, either in Winter or Spring quarter.

Year 4+

  • Continue with research, write your dissertation and file to graduate.

M.S. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry Timeline

The average time to complete the M.S. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry program is two years. UC Davis undergraduate students entering the program may finish in less time if you will have already taken some of the required courses.

Year 1

  • Take and pass any prescribed undergraduate courses with a "B" or better. 
  • Take up to six graduate courses (one to three per quarter).
  • Participate in research with your major professor.

Year 2

  • Take any remaining required graduate courses.
  • Nominate your thesis committee and Advance to Candidacy with the Office of Graduate Studies.
  • Continue with research, write your thesis and file to graduate.