Chemistry PhD. Direct-Entry

Degree Requirements

  • SGS 101 and 201 (non-credit)
  • CHEM 700
  • 2 courses / 3 units of additional coursework
  • Research Colloquium
  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Departmental Seminar
  • Thesis embodying original research

Course Requirements

  • All direct-entry PhD students must sign up to take CHEM 700 at the first opporunity; it is offered every September. 
  • Beyond this, you should should plan to take two additional CHEM courses at the 700-level in the first year of their program.
  • Be sure to consult with your supervisor about which additional courses to take.
  • It is possible to get permission to count courses outside of the CHEM program toward your degree.  You will need to fill in a Request for In-Program Course Adjustments Form and obtain signatures from your supervisor and the Graduate Chair. Return the completed form to chemgrad@mcmaster.ca.
  • For graduate students, the minimum passing grade for any module or course is B-.
  • In all cases, additional courses beyond the minimum requirement may be recommended by the supervisory committee.

The Colloquium

All graduate students are expected to attend departmental seminars and colloquia regularly.

MSc and direct-entry PhD students are required to present a departmental colloquium on their research progress in their second year of study. Chemistry Graduate Colloquium Day is typically held at the end of Winter term each year (in exceptional cases, there may also be an opportunity to deliver your colloquium presentation in the Fall term).  Talks are usually 25 minutes including time for questions. The Colloquium Coordinator will communicate with students earlier in the term to request a title and abstract and will let you know the schedule of presenters.  For examples of past colloquium talks and abstracts see the program from Spring 2021 and Fall 2021.

How to Have a PhD Supervisory Committee Meeting

Note: this is an email-based process; there are no paper/pdf forms or signatures required.

    1. Confirm the date and time of your committee meeting with your advisory committee members. Please note: if the committee meeting will take place virtually, it is the student's responsibility to set up the videoconference.
    2. Email the grad admin (chemgrad@mcmaster.ca) to let them know that you want to have a committee meeting at least one week before your scheduled meeting.
    3. You will receive an email link for an online committee report – fill in the top portion of this form and submit one week before your meeting.
    4. Your supervisor and committee members will all receive an email link in order to access this form during the committee meeting.
    5. Once your supervisor and committee members submit their portion of the form, you will receive an email link asking you to review the report.
    6. Once you approve it, the system will send it to the graduate chair for approval.
    7. Once they submit their approval, the process is complete – you have had a committee meeting!

Timelines for Degree Completion: Chemistry PhD, Direct-Entry

Fall Entry

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 September - DecemberJanuary - AprilMay - August
Year 1

Take SGS-101+SGS-201

Take Chem 700

Apply for major scholarships for your 2nd year.

   
Year 2

1st committee meeting
(September - October)

Apply for major scholarships for your 3rd year.

Comprehensive Exam

Colloquium (April)

 
Year 3

2nd committee meeting
(September - October)

Apply for major scholarships for your 4rd year.

   
Year 4

3rd committee meeting
(September - October)

 

Departmental Seminar

Submit PhD thesis to SGS Defence

Year 5 OVERTIME!! - You can no longer TA. You cannot hold scholarships. Pay by your supervisor is optional. [exceptions apply for COVID-19]    
Year 6 OVERTIME!! - You can no longer TA. You cannot hold scholarships. Pay by your supervisor is optional. [exceptions apply for COVID-19]    
Year 7 OUT OF TIME!! - You can only continue with special permission.    

Winter Entry

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 January - AprilMay - AugustSeptember - December
Year 1

Take SGS-101+SGS-201

 

Take Chem 700

1st committee meeting
(September - October)

Apply for major scholarships for your 2nd/3rd year.

Year 2

Comprehensive Exam

Colloquium (April)

 

2nd committee meeting
(September - October)

Apply for major scholarships for your 3rd/4th year.

Year 3    

3rd committee meeting
(September - October)

Year 4    

4th committee meeting
(September - October)

Departmental Seminar

Submit PhD thesis to SGS Defence

Year 5 OVERTIME!! - You can no longer TA. You cannot hold scholarships. Pay by your supervisor is optional. [exceptions apply for COVID-19]    
Year 6 OVERTIME!! - You can no longer TA. You cannot hold scholarships. Pay by your supervisor is optional. [exceptions apply for COVID-19]    
Year 7 OUT OF TIME!! - You can only continue with special permission.    

Spring Entry

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 May - AugustSeptember - DecemberJanuary - April
Year 1

Take SGS-101+SGS-201

Take Chem 700

1st committee meeting
(September - October)

Apply for major scholarships for your 2nd year.

 
Year 2  

2nd committee meeting
(September - October)

Apply for major scholarships for your 3rd year.

Comprehensive Exam

Colloquium (April)

Year 3  

3rd committee meeting
(September - October)

Apply for major scholarships for your 4th year.

 
Year 4  

4th committee meeting
(September - October)

Departmental Seminar

Submit PhD thesis to SGS Defence

Year 5 OVERTIME!! - You can no longer TA. You cannot hold scholarships. Pay by your supervisor is optional. [exceptions apply for COVID-19]    
Year 6 OVERTIME!! - You can no longer TA. You cannot hold scholarships. Pay by your supervisor is optional. [exceptions apply for COVID-19]    
Year 7 OUT OF TIME!! - You can only continue with special permission.    
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