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Department of Chemistry Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Bryn Mawr College

  • Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Private
  • Suburban
  • 55%45%
    student ratio
  • 11
    total students
  • $36,660 | $36,660
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • January 3
    fall application deadline
  • 40%
    acceptance rate
  • 2 Degrees
    degrees offered


A Distinguished Chemistry Program at Bryn Mawr

"US News and World Report's" annual rankings of American university graduate programs consistently rank Bryn Mawr among the top 20% nationally. Bryn Mawr is one of the few traditional liberal arts colleges to rank so highly.

Bryn Mawr prides itself on the quality and output of its research in chemistry. The Department remains small, ensuring close relations between faculty members and students through individualized mentoring. The department emphasizes both experimental inquiry and classroom excellence. Both Masters of Arts (MA) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees are offered in a coeducational environment.

The MA in Chemistry at Bryn Mawr

The MA is a research-based degree requiring completion of 4 graduate courses and 2 research-based courses. Two of the courses may be transferred from another institution. Students also undertake written and oral exams and defend original theses. Most students graduate within 2 years.

The PhD in Chemistry at Bryn Mawr

A prospective student must possess a master's degree in chemistry as a prerequisite before embarking on the PhD program. The degree itself requires 2 additional graduate level courses as well as an original project, a separate dissertation project, a minimum of 2 colloquiums, and a presentation at a national conference. Most students take 3 years to complete the requirements beyond the MA level.

Groundbreaking Research in Chemistry at Bryn Mawr

Faculty members at Bryn Mawr tackle emerging issues in chemistry. Current research includes the development of anti-cancer drugs, nanotechnology materials, high throughput techniques for screening catalysts, the interactions of nucleic acids with proteins and with transition metal complexes, and the theoretical computation of macromolecules.

Distinguished Faculty Members in Chemistry at Bryn Mawr

Bryn Mawr boasts distinguished faculty members, renowned in their fields for technical and teaching ability. Professor William P. Malachowski, for example, holds 5 patents, has organized numerous conferences and panels, and is internationally recognized for the birch-Cope Project he runs at Bryn Mawr. Professor Malachowski's research focuses on discovering novel treatment methods for the cure and prevention of cancer and infectious disease. Current research interests include organic synthesis, synthetic reaction development, natural product synthesis, and enzyme inhibitor design.

Professor Michelle Francl studies theoretical and computational chemistry and develops methods to assess the activity of molecules and the molecular structures that affect reactions. Dr. Francl is a columnist for Nature Chemistry and serves on the Nominations and Elections Committee of the American Chemical Society as well as the advisory board of the OXIDE Collaborative. She is on the ISI list of the most-cited chemists.

Professor Susan A. White serves on the editorial board of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education and is also a favorite at symposiums and panel discussions across the world. An adventurer, Dr. White served a stint with the Peace Corps in Togo after receiving her PhD Special research interests include RNA structure and stability and protein binding, using biochemical, molecular biological, biophysical, and thermodynamic methods.

Admission and Financial Assistance at Bryn Mawr

Currently, each full-time graduate student in good standing in the program is receiving a total stipend in addition to tuition coverage for 4 courses, as well as a subsidy toward health insurance coverage. Continuing support is provided depending on progress toward a degree and, in the case of teaching assistantships, satisfactory performance in the instructional laboratory.

Top-Notch Facilities at Bryn Mawr

The Chemistry Department occupies the Park Science Center on campus. Research instrumentation includes a Bruckner MNR spectrometer, an atomic force microscope, a liquid scintillation counter, an inert atmosphere glove box with multiple Schlenk vacuum lines, 2 computation centers, and a dedicated machine shop for the production of chemical apparatuses.

A Beautiful Campus

Long recognized by publications such as "LIFE" and "US News and World Reports" as among the most scenic campuses in the nation, Bryn Mawr is set 11 miles west of Philadelphia, PA, in the stately suburb of Bryn Mawr. The stone buildings on campus are the forerunners of what has become known as the Collegiate Gothic style of buildings. Today, over 40 buildings share a campus of 135 acres, much of it laid out in gardens and walking paths.

Location & Contact

Department of Chemistry

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Bryn Mawr College

101 North Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899
United States

Dr. William Malachowski


Phone: 610-526-5016

Mrs. Maria Dantis

Administrative Assistant to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Phone: 610-526-5074

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Chemistry Master of Arts (MA)
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 1
    • Doctoral Degrees 2
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 0
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees 1 and Required
    • Doctoral Degrees 2, Required and Required
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


40% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 15
    • Accepted 6
    • Acceptance Rate 40
    • Enrolled 2
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? No
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 3rd January 3rd Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test, GRE Subject Test
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, GRE Subject Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 600 paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *$36,660
    • Out-of-state tuition *$36,660
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsJanuary 3
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships, Tuition Waivers, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students11
    • Female Percentage55%
    • Male Percentage45%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students11
    • Part-time Percentage36%
    • Full-time Percentage64%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino0%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian91%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian9%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown0%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty10
    • Full-time Percentage90%
    • Part-time Percentage10%
    • Female Percentage60%
    • Male Percentage40%




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