This list of the top 25 schools providing graduate degrees in chemistry is based entirely on student feedback. The schools on this list cover a variety of program locations and formats and many schools have both master's and doctorate programs available. On this list you will find many familiar, prestigious schools that one would expect to receive high rankings, such as Harvard University, Columbia University in the City of New York, and Duke University. However, those who are looking for a less competitive atmosphere or a lower cost will find several schools on this list that rate high in student satisfaction while still maintaining a lower cost of attendance, including those with in-state tuition discounts like the University of Washington - Seattle or the University of California-Irvine.
Our top rated school is Rice University, which has a student rating of 4.62 out of 5 and has both a master's and a doctorate program in chemistry. Multiple reviewers commented on the freedom and flexibility that students have to pursue their own research interests. One student wrote, “The academic support from faculty is great and they are there for you but not overbearing. This allows a perfect amount of freedom for the student to pave their own way.” Click on the links below to find out more about the schools that students rated as the best to pursue a graduate degree in chemistry.
|Rank||School||Annual Tuition||2016 Student Rating|
|#1 Rice University||Annual Tuition $32,217||2016 Student Rating 4.62|
|#2 California Institute of Technology||Annual Tuition $41,409||2016 Student Rating 4.53|
|#3 University of Nebraska-Lincoln||Annual Tuition $20,428||2016 Student Rating 4.43|
|#4 Auburn University||Annual Tuition $26,382||2016 Student Rating 4.33|
|#5 Columbia University in the City of New York||Annual Tuition $41,594||2016 Student Rating 4.29|
|#6 Duke University||Annual Tuition $46,586||2016 Student Rating 4.26|
|#7 University of Rochester||Annual Tuition $33,968||2016 Student Rating 4.20|
|#8 University of Wisconsin - Madison||Annual Tuition $25,184||2016 Student Rating 4.14|
|#9 Purdue University - Main Campus||Annual Tuition $28,794||2016 Student Rating 4.11|
|#10 Vanderbilt University||Annual Tuition $42,342||2016 Student Rating 4.08|
|#11 University of California - Los Angeles||Annual Tuition $27,673||2016 Student Rating 4.08|
|#12 University of Georgia||Annual Tuition $25,234||2016 Student Rating 4.08|
|#13 University of California - Berkeley||Annual Tuition $27,966||2016 Student Rating 4.07|
|#14 Harvard University||Annual Tuition $39,846||2016 Student Rating 4.01|
|#15 University of Pennsylvania||Annual Tuition $31,744||2016 Student Rating 4.00|
|#16 Rutgers University||Annual Tuition $27,667||2016 Student Rating 3.99|
|#17 University of Iowa||Annual Tuition $26,107||2016 Student Rating 3.94|
|#18 University of Washington - Seattle||Annual Tuition $27,552||2016 Student Rating 3.93|
|#19 University of California-Irvine||Annual Tuition $28,064||2016 Student Rating 3.91|
|#20 University of Alabama||Annual Tuition $23,950||2016 Student Rating 3.90|
|#21 Georgia Institute of Technology||Annual Tuition $29,722||2016 Student Rating 3.88|
|#22 Florida International University||Annual Tuition $22,861||2016 Student Rating 3.81|
|#23 Temple University||Annual Tuition $19,464||2016 Student Rating 3.71|
|#24 Case Western Reserve University||Annual Tuition $38,616||2016 Student Rating 3.68|
|#25 University of Virginia - Main Campus||Annual Tuition $26,266||2016 Student Rating 3.65|
Our goal in presenting this school data is to create a standardized and trustworthy method to assess institutions based on reliable statistics. In order for a school to be eligible to be featured on a Top Programs List, at least five students from that particular major must have submitted feedback on their institution.
Together with our internal recommend rate data, which is calculated based on tens of thousands of student reviews submitted to our site, the data used in the school listings were gathered in 2015-2016 from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This site is the primary governmental entity for gathering and presenting data related to education. NCES data is updated annually. However, in many cases the most recently available data will not be for the current academic year. Additionally, tuition rates may vary by program, so prospective students should contact a representative from your institution of choice for more details.