Two campuses of the University of Massachusetts, UMass Dartmouth and UMass Lowell, offer together a joint doctoral program in Chemistry. This program combines the outstanding resources of the graduate chemistry programs at Lowell and Dartmouth in a new partnership in excellence. The combined areas of research and professional interest on the two campuses offer a rich range of opportunities to their advanced students.
The advanced chemistry program at UMass Lowell offers particular strengths in the following fields:
- Polymer Science
- Polymer Science/Plastics Engineering
- Biochemistry — Biochemistry/Biomaterials; Biotechnology/Bioprocessing; Cellular Biology/Molecular Biology; Clinical Chemistry/Medicinal Chemistry.
The Dartmouth graduate program brings special strengths in:
- Marine Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Physical Chemistry
Both programs have strength in the fields of:
- Analytical/Environmental Chemistry.
The joint program features active research collaborations and shared resources from the two campuses. Doctoral students in the Joint Dartmouth/Lowell Chemistry PhD program may conduct their research on either or both campuses. They complete a program of studies totaling 45 credits capped off by a doctoral dissertation.
Current UMass Dartmouth master’s students may be considered for the program upon the recommendation of the Chemistry Graduate Programs Committee. New applicants may also be considered directly for admission to this program.
After completing studies at Dartmouth equivalent to a MS degree, Dartmouth Joint Chemistry PhD students will apply for official admission to the PhD program at UMass Lowell, and thenceforward will maintain concurrent enrollment status at both institutions (paying tuition and fees at only one). Their progress toward the degree is monitored officially at the Lowell campus. Currently, the degree is issued by UMass Lowell, identified as granted for completion of this special joint program.
Dartmouth Joint Chemistry PhD students are supported by a research assistantship from UMass Dartmouth, pursue their principal research with UMass Dartmouth faculty, and take the preponderance of their courses at UMass Dartmouth.