Program Overview

Student Success is at the Core of the Graduate Program

In WPI’s Chemistry & Biochemistry department, the graduate education focus is on cutting-edge research projects. It is precisely this commitment to quality research—along with our unique, highly flexible course offerings —that distinguishes WPI graduates. Our Chemistry & Biochemistry graduate program comprises an ethnically diverse and highly talented student body. Many of the topics being pursued by these exceptional students involve interdisciplinary themes in a variety of areas, including:

  • Bioanalytical chemistry
  • Bioinorganic chemistry
  • Biophysical chemistry
  • Medicinal and Biochemistry
  • Materials development and energy-related research (such as projects aimed at the development of novel catalysts or sensors)

This research is driven by our world-class faculty and funded through grants from a variety of state and federal agencies (including NIH, NSF, and DOD).

There are few formal departmental course requirements beyond taking relevant graduate-level lecture and seminar courses in chemistry and biochemistry. This provides students with the opportunity to choose graduate courses from across the WPI campus that best fit their individual career plans, including courses related to science education or in entrepreneurship at WPI’s highly ranked School of Business.

Our graduates go on to work at Fortune 500 companies, in a wide range of institutional settings, or at colleges and universities around the globe.

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Our graduate program offers generous stipends, a student health insurance plan, and modern family leave policies. Students regularly present their research findings at national and international conferences.

WPI is located in central Massachusetts, a technology-rich area that offers students an excellent quality of life and many potential career opportunities.