The Graduate Program in Chemistry at Villanova is designed to accommodate both the working professional and the full-time student.

Graduate classes are taught by both full-time Villanova faculty and adjunct faculty from local industries who are expert in their field.

Chemists and biochemists employed in local industry can easily take advantage of our evening classes. Working professionals can apply their work experience in lieu of a formal thesis.

The Master's program provides an excellent classroom and research experience to the full-time student who is looking for extensive research training. Students complete a thesis project under the direction of a research faculty member in the Chemistry Department.

Villanova graduates who have completed a thesis are very competitive candidates for positions in the extensive local chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Some graduates also enter PhD programs in Chemistry.


Make the most of Villanova's rigorous graduate program in Chemistry with small classes taught by full-time faculty and industry experts.

Our faculty conduct research in state-of-the-art facilities using a wide variety of modern instrumentation. Research areas of interest include biochemical mechanisms, environmental chemistry, natural product synthesis, catalysis, and computational chemistry.

Meet our faculty.

Diverse opportunities exist for graduate students to join active research programs with faculty in both laboratory and computational aspects of chemical research. Faculty and graduate students publish research in top journals and present regularly at national and international conferences.

Learn more about our research activities and opportunities.

The master’s degree program offers both thesis and non-thesis options, and part- or full-time courses of study. Students who wish to take one or two courses on a non-matriculated basis may be admitted as special students.

Villanova is in an ideal location outside of Philadelphia near a large a number of world-class chemical and pharmaceutical companies.

We offer assistantships, tuition scholarships and summer research funding to qualified students.

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The graduate chemistry program can prepare you for a PhD program or allow you to advance your career in chemistry or in teaching chemistry. (Note: Current educators receive tuition reductions.)

Villanova provides a lifetime of career support through our Career Center and our active alumni groups.


Villanova University
Department of Chemistry
Mendal Hall, Room 215

Graduate Program Director
Dr. Deanna Zubris

Administrative Assistants
Valerie Marchesani and Melissa Steinman


Alex Reif stands in a lab at GlaxoSmithKline.


Alex serves as a Senior Scientist for GlaxoSmithKline — a career he began while obtaining his Master’s Degree in Chemistry from Villanova. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences' flexible Master’s program allowed him to work full-time in the GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceutical lab while taking classes. Alex says, “My work today is different than my research at Villanova, but I use the synthetic toolbox that I acquired at Villanova every day in the lab to design and synthesize small organic molecules.”

Learn more about our alumni's experiences and careers.