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More CHPH Faculty Information

Chemical Physics (CHPH)   

Program Title and Classification

Chemical Physics

Graduate Degree Program

College: Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences


The Chemical Physics Program is a program of study and research leading to Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees for students who wish to enter professional careers requiring an in-depth knowledge of both physics and chemistry. Students can choose research topics across many disciplines including biophysics, chemistry, physics, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, materials and nuclear engineering, mechanical engineering and meteorology.

The Chemical Physics Program is designed for students with undergraduate degrees in physics, chemistry, or engineering who are sufficiently well prepared in mathematics and the physical sciences to undertake graduate training in physics and physical chemistry. Formal course offerings in quantum mechanics,quantum chemistry, spectroscopy, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, statistical mechanics and biophysics prepare a student to explore the broad range of research topics at the University of Maryland. Research areas of the Chemical Physics faculty include: the study of single molecules as well as gases, surfaces, solids and polymers by means of laser-light, electron scattering, and nanomicroscopies; the study of dynamic phenomena from atom-molecule collisions to protein-folding and hydrodynamics; thermodynamics from phase transitions and critical phenomena to combustion; the statistical mechanical theory of phase transitions, fluid dynamics and non-equilibrium phenomena; the quantum mechanical theory of molecules and molecular dynamics; atmospheric physics and chemistry; and biophysics.

The Chemical Physics Program is sponsored by the Institute for Physical Science and Technology and seven academic departments: Chemistry and Biochemistry, Physics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Materials and Nuclear Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Meteorology. Formal arrangements with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) allow students to perform research off campus under the supervision of a government scientist associated with the program and a Chemical Physics faculty member. The Chemical Physics Committee oversees the program and is made up of representatives from the sponsoring units with the Program Director as chair. The Chemical Physics Program Office administers the program and is affiliated with the Institute for Physical Science and Technology. A booklet describing Chemical Physics at Maryland, College Park, can be obtained from the Chemical Physics office upon request.

Admissions Information

The program is for students with undergraduate degrees in chemistry, physics or engineering. For those students with degrees in other disciplines, knowledge of calculus, differential equations, and vector algebra, as well as introductory mechanics, electricity and magnetism, and quantum mechanics is ordinarily expected.

General Requirements:

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • CV/Resume
  • GRE Subject

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website:

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant FallSpring
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
17 Jan15 Dec
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
15 Mar29 Sep

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Master of Science (M.S.)

Total CreditsCore Requirements

Thesis option: 30 credits

Non-thesis option: 30 credits

Thesis option requires 24 credits of coursework including an advanced laboratory course. In addition, students must complete six credits of CHPH 799: Master's Thesis Research and submit a scholarly paper.

Non-thesis option requires 30 credits of coursework. Students must pass a written qualifying exam at the M.S. level and submit a scholarly paper. 



Admission to the program is limited to Ph.D. students. Students can earn a thesis or a non-thesis M.S. degree while working towards the Ph.D. degree. In order to earn a non-thesis M.S. degree in Chemical Physics, students must pass the written Qualifying Examination at the M.S. level, maintain a B average, scholarly paper, 30 graduate credits of which 24 must be course credits including:  1. Advanced laboratory course 2.Two credits of seminar, can be included in the non-course credits 3. Advanced course at the 600 level or above.

The Examining Committee consists of at least two faculty members, who will read the scholarly paper and attend the oral presentation. The paper should provide an informative review of the research topic selected by the candidate in consultation with his/her academic and research advisors. The bibliography is a particularly important part of the paper and should include the most significant references to the topic. The length of the paper is expected to be approximately 20 double space pages (12-point font) with 1-inch margins. The presentation is to last approximately one hour and can be part of regularly scheduled seminar series such as the Informal Statistical Mechanics Seminar or the Nonlinear Dynamics Seminar. Two faculty must be present and there should be sufficient time for questions and discussion.

For the thesis M.S. degree, students must complete a written masters thesis, maintain a B average, a scholarly paper and complete 30 graduate credits including:  1. Six credits of CHPH799 - (M.S. thesis research) 2. 24 course credits 3. Two credits of seminar, can be included in the non-course credits 4. Advanced laboratory course 5. Advanced course at the 600 level or above.

The Thesis Examining Committee is to consist of at least three faculty members including the research advisor. The Examination Committee will review the M.S. thesis, attend the oral presentation and participate in the defense of the thesis. The thesis is to consist of an introduction to the field of research with which the student is engaged, a clear statement of the problem under study, the objectives of the research, the approach taken, original results, interpretation, discussion, and conclusions. A concise review of the literature, and a bibliography of the most important literature should also be included. The M.S. thesis has no set length, but is typically 30 to 40 pages. The format of the thesis (font, margins, etc.) must follow the University of Maryland Thesis and Dissertation Style Guide.


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Core Requirements

Doctoral students are required to complete 24 credits of coursework, in addition to 12 credits of CHPH 899: Doctoral Dissertation Research. Students must also pass a qualifying examination, and submit a scholarly paper. 

Required courses include:

PHYS 622: Introduction to Quantum Mechanics I (4 credits)

PHYS 623: Introduction to Quantum Mechanics II (3 credits)

CHEM 691: Quantum Chemistry II (3 credits)

Ethics course (3 credits)

Advanced laboratory course (3 credits)

Advanced course (3 credits)

Seminar courses (2 credits)

Two Laboratory Rotations (1 credit per rotation, 2 credits total)


Students must pass the written Qualifying Examination passed at the Ph.D. level, normally taken at the beginning of the second year. Maintain a B average, present a scholarly paper research presentation, 24 graduate course credits including: 1. Two credits of seminar, 2. Advanced laboratory course, 3. Advanced course outside of the student's main field of study at the 600 level or above. In order to advance to Ph.D. candidacy, the student must submit a scholarly paper and make an oral presentation. The paper and presentation are evaluated by a candidacy committee consisting of at least two faculty members, generally including the advisor and a member of the advisory committee. Students with a well-developed thesis topic and research results are expected to include these results together with further research plans in their paper and presentation. Students less far along with research will present background material and summaries of the research areas in which they will be working. A concise review of the literature is expected, along with a bibliography of the most important literature. The length of the paper is expected to be between approximately 20 double space pages (12-point font) with 1-inch margins. The paper is to be submitted to the candidacy committee at least two weeks before the date of the oral presentation. The presentation is to last approximately 50 minutes and can be part of regularly scheduled seminar series such as the Informal Statistical Mechanics Seminar or the Nonlinear Dynamics Seminar. Two members of the candidacy committee must be present and there should be sufficient time for questions and discussion. Within 12 to 18 months after beginning Ph.D. research, the student is to select a Ph.D. Thesis Examination Committee. 12 credits of CHPH899 (Ph.D. dissertation research, only available after advancement to Ph.D. candidacy) Written Ph.D. dissertation. The format of the dissertation (font, margins, etc.) must follow the University of Maryland Thesis and Dissertation Style Guide.


Facilities and Special Resources

Incoming students are provided with private desk space and up to date computer facilities. There is a wide array of advanced equipment associated with the various research groups in the Program including scanning probe microscopes, high resolution spectrographs, ultra-short high-power lasers, multi-coincidence electron scattering spectrometers, and a fully equipped light-scattering laboratory.

Financial Assistance

Teaching and research assistantships are available for qualified students. There are also University and Chemical Physics Fellowships and fellowships in Biophysics (in cooperation with the National Institutes of Health) and Atomic, Molecular and Optical Science (in cooperation with the National Institute of Standards and Technology).

Contact Statement

Requests for further information concerning the Chemical Physics Program can be obtained by writing to:



Professor Garegin A. Papoian, Director

Physical Science Complex I Building, Room 1149

MD, 20742

Telephone: (301) 405-8667

Fax: (301) 314-9363


Associated Information




Aerosols and colloids, Atmospheric chemistry and remote sensing, Atomic and molecular structure and dynamics, Biophysics, Combustion, Interfacial structures and dynamics, Laser and electron spectroscopies, Liquid crystals, Molecular self-assembly, Nonometer microscopies, Nonlinear dynamics and chaos, Opto- and quantum electronics, Phase transitions in liquids and solids, Plasma physics/chemistry, Polymers, Protein structure and dynamics, Quantum information and computing, Surface and condensed matter science, Ultra cold atoms and laser cooling