Department of Chemistry Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Bryn Mawr College

Department of Chemistry Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Bryn Mawr College

Bryn Mawr, PA
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
January 3
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
2 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


A Distinguished Chemistry Program in a Liberal Arts Setting

Bryn Mawr prides itself on providing both women and men quality research training leading to M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry in the supportive and stimulating environment of a liberal arts college. The department remains small, ensuring close relations between faculty members and students through individualized mentoring in both research and teaching. The department emphasizes both experimental inquiry and classroom excellence. Both Master of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees are offered in a coeducational environment.

The M.A. in Chemistry Degree Program at Bryn Mawr

The M.A. program is a research-based degree program requiring completion of 4 graduate courses and 2 research-based courses. Two of the courses may be transferred from another institution. Students also undertake written and oral exams and defend original theses. Most students graduate within 2 years.

The Ph.D. in Chemistry Degree Program at Bryn Mawr

A prospective student must possess a master's degree in chemistry as a prerequisite before embarking on the Ph.D. degree program. The degree itself requires 2 additional graduate level courses as well as an original project, a separate dissertation project, a minimum of 2 colloquium presentations, and a presentation at a national conference. Most students take 4 years to complete the requirements beyond the M.A. level.

Groundbreaking Research in Chemistry at Bryn Mawr

Faculty members at Bryn Mawr tackle emerging issues in chemistry. Current research includes the development of anti-cancer drugs, nanotechnology materials, high throughput techniques for screening catalysts, the interactions of nucleic acids with proteins and with transition metal complexes, protein crystallography, and the theoretical computation of macromolecules.

Professional Development Opportunities

Bryn Mawr graduate students are mentored by faculty members on a variety of topics in the area of professional development in the interdisciplinary structure of the Graduate Group in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. The Philadelphia metropolitan area provides exciting opportunities to network with chemists at a variety of nearby academic institutions and industries.

Admission and Financial Assistance at Bryn Mawr

Teaching assistantships and research fellowships carry generous stipends, a health insurance stipend, a summer stipend, and a full tuition award for 4 courses per year. Continuing support is provided depending on progress toward a degree and, in the case of teaching assistantships, satisfactory performance in the instructional laboratory.

Top-Notch Facilities at Bryn Mawr

The Chemistry Department occupies the Park Science Center on campus. Research instrumentation includes a 400 MHz Bruckner NMR spectrometer, an atomic force microscope, a GCMS and LC-ESI mass spectrometers, FT-IR spectrometer, several UV-vis spectrometers, electrochemical analyzers, 2 inert atmosphere glove boxes, 2 computation centers, and a dedicated machine shop for the production of chemical apparatuses.

A Beautiful Campus in Metro Philadelphia

Long recognized by publications such as "LIFE" and "US News and World Report" as among the most scenic in the nation, Bryn Mawr's campus is 135 acres of trees, gardens, and walking paths, with over 40 buildings in architectural styles ranging from modern to educational gothic. Situated just north-west of the city, Bryn Mawr College is a convenient 20-minute train ride from downtown Philadelphia.

Location & Contact

Department of Chemistry

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Bryn Mawr College

101 North Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899
United States

Maria Dantis

Graduate Program Administrator

Phone: 610-526-5074

Jason Schmink

Director of Graduate Studies

Phone: 610-526-5361

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Chemistry Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Arts (MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 1
    • Doctoral Degrees 2
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


40% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 15
    • Accepted 6
    • Acceptance Rate 40
    • Enrolled 2
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? No
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 3rd January 3rd Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test, GRE Subject Test
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, GRE Subject Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 600 paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsJanuary 3
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships, Tuition Waivers, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students11
    • Female Percentage55%
    • Male Percentage45%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students11
    • Part-time Percentage36%
    • Full-time Percentage64%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino0%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian91%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian9%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown0%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty10
    • Full-time Percentage90%
    • Part-time Percentage10%
    • Female Percentage60%
    • Male Percentage40%





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