The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers research-oriented programs culminating in the Doctor of Philosophy degree. The faculty in the department have expertise over a broad range of specialty areas including synthesis, structure, spectroscopy, and mechanism. In each of these fields, the strength of MSU Chemistry and Biochemistry Department has been recognized at the international level. MSU is a dynamic university of 15,500 students with the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry being the strongest and best-funded department in the University. Doctoral students who emerge from our program have superb career opportunities.

Graduate programs in chemistry and biochemistry are designed to provide students with a solid and broad foundation on which to base their careers. An appropriate combination of coursework and independent investigation is planned with individual faculty advisors. In consultation with their graduate advisor, graduate students can tailor their program to their own needs and interests. We believe that at the conclusion of their graduate education at Montana State University, students should have a professional command of the fundamentals of their disciplines. We cultivate the ability to think independently and to critically analyze scientific problems that span disciplinary boundaries. A high level of creativity and originality in research is expected of candidates for the Ph.D. 

Why choose MSU?


The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Montana State University has about 18 faculty members and 10-15 incoming graduate students per year. Thus, MSU is the perfect place for students who prefer a more intimate learning environment with frequent interaction between the students and the faculty. Our goal is to do world-class research in a world-class setting. If you check out the professors, research projects, and facilities in our department, we think you will agree, big things are happening in Bozeman.




Applying to our Department


Filling out and submitting an application form is the first step toward becoming a graduate student in the MSU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Contact Doreen Brown prior to submitting your application. The Chemistry & Biochemistry Department will pay the application fee for you if you meet minimum requirements.

Priority is given to applications that are in our office by January 15th, 2017. Applications received after January 15th, 2017 are still eligible for acceptance if space is available.

PLEASE NOTE: Our graduate recruiting weekend is February 23rd-26th, 2017.

To apply online, click here.

If you have any questions, email or call: 1-877-472-3776 

Doreen Brown Ed.D.
Graduate Program Director
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717-3400