Graduate Program Chemistry

Portland State University chemistry students doing an experiment in a lab

Chemistry Master's Degree and Doctorate Overview

Take the next step towards your future as a professional scientist with a master’s in chemistry. Our esteemed faculty model innovative pedagogy in the University’s state-of-the-art teaching labs and classrooms, and provide access to unparalleled research and support facilities. Combining original research with advanced coursework in various disciplines of chemistry, our programs in chemistry provide opportunities for unique and collaborative research.

We offer graduate work leading to the following degrees: Master of Arts or Master of Science; Master of Arts in Teaching or Master of Science in Teaching (Science); Ph.D. in Chemistry.

Degree Details

Chemistry Master's Degree or Doctorate: Why PSU?

Students in all areas of chemistry pursue graduate study at PSU, where they explore cutting-edge research in biophysics, catalysis, chemical biology, chemistry education, molecular imaging, nanotechnology, renewable energy, sensors, synthesis, therapeutics, and environmental, green, materials, and systems chemistry. This work is enhanced through strong ties to local and statewide research initiatives and collaborations with other Portland State faculty as well as researchers across the nation and around the globe.

Portland State University's position in the heart of Oregon's economic and cultural center provides a dynamic and exciting environment in which to pursue science. You will find our students, staff, and faculty to be friendly and accessible and that we value the experience of studying at an outstanding university that has all the advantages of being located in a major city, but is surrounded by the beauty and recreational opportunities of the Pacific Northwest.

What can I do with a Master's degree or Doctorate in Chemistry?

Graduate study in chemistry at Portland State University provides students with good preparation for rewarding careers in academic, industrial, or government research. Graduates of the Department of Chemistry’s programs have taken advantage of the strong interdisciplinary nature of the program and report that their doctoral training prepared them well for rewarding careers. These students have benefited from interdisciplinary programs on campus, such as the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Academy, the Center for Electron Microscopy and Nanofabrication, the Center for Life in Extreme Environments, and the Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU).

Featured Courses

  • CH 430 Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • CH 511 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • CH 536 Spectrometric Analysis
  • CH 543 Numerical Data Analysis and Modeling in Chemistry
  • CH 621 Advanced Analytical Theory
  • CH 693 Enzyme Structure and Function
  • CH 694 Nucleic Acid Structure and Function


  • CH 633 Organic Synthesis
  • CH 635 Physical Organic Chemistry
  • CH 661 Photochemistry
  • CH 662 Chemical Kinetics
  • CH 663 Chemical Thermodynamics
  • CH 670 Atmospheric Chemistry
  • CH 695 Advances in Biochemistry


Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

The curriculum, faculty, library, and facilities of the Department of Chemistry are accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS).