Interdisciplinary Doctorate of Philosophy (IPh.D.)

The School of Graduate Studies at UMKC directs a unique Ph.D. program called an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. The program is designed to encourage students to gain knowledge in a primary discipline of study and at least one or more co-disciplines. The Department of Chemistry is an active participant in the IPh.D program. Students choosing to pursue an IPh.D. in Chemistry, will choose an area of research that is represented by chemistry and another co-discipline and outline a course of study with their research advisory committee. Typical co-disciplines are pharmaceutical sciences, physics, geosciences, molecular biology and biochemistry.

Choosing Chemistry as a Primary Discipline for the IPh.D. Program

The IPh.D. Program is designed to give students the opportunity to study the traditional subjects in chemistry and gain knowledge across other disciplines that can provide the skills to succeed in an ever growing multidisciplinary world.  By choosing chemistry as the primary discipline of study, your program will be designed with your research advisory committee to accommodate you in pursuit of a future career in either the academic, government, or industrial sectors.  Our departmental faculty have a wide range of expertise ranging from traditional chemistry topics, such as inorganic and organic synthesis, to multidisciplinary subjects such as pharmaceutical chemistry, materials science, and catalysis.  IPhD students with chemistry as the primary discipline are required to complete 31 hours of didactic coursework plus at least 15 credit hours of dissertation research.  The precise coursework requirements for students that select chemistry as their main discipline can be found in the UMKC catalog.

If you are interested in learning more about our program, please contact our graduate director or graduate academic advisor for more information.

Choosing Chemistry as a Co-Discipline for the IPh.D. Program

Chemistry can be defined as the study of matter and the changes it undergoes.  Undoubtedly, this definition illustrates the wide role chemistry can play in other disciplines from engineering to geosciences, and from physics to biology.  Chemistry is therefore a natural fit as a codiscipline to graduate students in pursuit of the IPh.D from various primary disciplines, such as pharmaceutical science, physics, geosciences, etc.  The typical requirements for chemistry as your co-discipline includes completing three courses (9 credit hours) at the 400-level or above in the department, with at least one course at the 5500+ level.  Further information for students that select chemistry as their co-discipline can be found in the UMKC catalog.

If you are interested in learning more about our program, please contact our graduate director or graduate academic advisor for more information.