Considering a Career in Research
Graduate school education in chemistry or related discipline is necessary if your career goals are in research. Graduate work, especially at the Ph.D. level, primarily involves research. Therefore, a Ph.D. signifies a graduate is capable of carrying out independent research.

There are several decisions to make before pursuing a graduate degree in chemistry or related discipline. Some questions to ask include:

  • Do you like research?
    • Think about your undergraduate research to answer this question.
  • What are your career goals?
    • The choice of a graduate degree program will greatly depend on your ultimate career goals.
  • Are you willing to commit the time necessary to complete the degree requirements and do additional post-doctoral research?
    • Keep in mind a significant amount of delayed gratification is necessary.
  • Are you more comfortable in a large, highly competitive, and impersonal setting or a small, less competitive, and personal setting?
    • Each setting has advantages and disadvantages and should help you narrow your career options.
  • M.S. versus the Ph.D. degree? 
    • Each has advantages and disadvantages. Do some research to decide which better fits your career and life goals.