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Department of Chemistry

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University of Calgary
2500 University Dr NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4 Canada
T. 403.220.6252


Graduate Degrees in Chemistry at the University of Calgary

Located in Canada's most enterprising city and neighboring one of the nation's best playgrounds - the Rockies - the Department of Chemistry's graduate program offers you the opportunity to collaborate with world-calls researchers, work in highly sophisticated labs, and build the skills you need to pursue stimulating careers in both research and industry.

Among many other things, our 40 faculty members and 100+ graduate students work on advancing knowledge and finding solutions to problems regarding Chemistry for Cleaner Energy, Chemistry for Life and Health and Chemistry for the Quantum-Nano World that involve the following various research themes:

  • Biological and Medicinal Chemistry
  • Chemical Education Research
  • Chemical Synthesis and Catalysis
  • Computational Chemistry and Molecular Modeling
  • Energy and Environment
  • Nanotechnology and Materials Chemistry

Why Choose the University of Calgary?

There are a number of reasons to choose the University of Calgary as the place to pursue your graduate education in Chemistry. Among other considerations, our Department features:

  • Extensive research presentations and talks featuring nationally and internationally recognized experts in the field
  • Award winning faculty
  • An active graduate student population, not only at the departmental and faculty levels, but university-wide. You will be hard-pressed to find a university with graduate students that are as engaged as those at the University of Calgary.

Beyond these reasons, Calgary and the University of Calgary Campus offer some distinct advantages to our students

  • With a population of over a million people, nearly 17% of whom are between the ages of 25 and 34, and a median  age of 36.4 (2011), Calgary boasts one of the youngest populations for a major urban centre in Canada.
  • The University of Calgary has one of the most culturally-diverse student populations among universities in Canada. In partnership with the Graduate Students’ Association, the University of Calgary actively engages with its international graduate students to maximize the quality of their experience.
  • Located in the Foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Calgary has some of the best natural recreational areas of any city. At any time of year, the mountains provide an opportunity for play and adventure unlike those available in other major centres. In addition, a robust and modern public transportation system allows students to move about the city using the UPass. Public parks, an extensive network of bike trails, Canada Olympic Park and the Glenmore Reservoir are among the outdoor attractions within the city.

The City supports a vibrant and enthusiastic arts and entertainment scene that features many local, national, and international attractions, as well as the world famous Calgary Stampede. Sports fans also have a large selection of teams to support including the Calgary Flames, the Calgary Stampeders, the Calgary Roughnecks, as well as all of the University of Calgary Dinos teams in a wide range of sports.

The University of Calgary is home to the Taylor Family Digital Library, a state-of-the-art library with access to an extensive digital scholarship collection, collaborative work spaces, and an incredible visualization studio.

Master’s or Doctorate?

Admission to a doctoral program normally requires the applicant to hold a Master's degree in Chemistry or an equivalent qualification. Thus most recent Bachelor's graduates, including those who seek a doctorate, are admitted into a Master's program at first. A student who excels in the Master's program may be invited to transfer into the Ph.D. program without completing the Master's degree: the rules governing this possibility are set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Fees and Funding

Our page on Fees and Funding describes fees and funding opportunities at the University of Calgary.


The Official application deadlines are as follows:

Program Start Canadian/PR Applicants International Applicants
January November 1 July 1
May March 1 November 1
September July 1 March 1

Note that the majority of admissions are for September. January admissions are possible but are often for applicants who need to defer their September admission. Admission in May is available but is most often governed by summer funding from individual faculty members research grants.

More Information

For more information about graduate studies in the Department of Chemistry, please contact the Department’s Graduate Program Office at