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Doctor’s Degrees in Chemistry

3,063 Yearly Graduations
$63,600 Median Salary
$40,979 Median Debt
There are 205 schools in the United States where you can get your doctor's degree in chemistry. This degree is more popular with male students, and about 16% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 37.9% of chemistry graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Chemistry Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 3,063 students earned their doctor's degree in chemistry. This makes it the 11th most popular doctor's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in chemistry at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 15,395
Doctor’s Degree 3,063
Master’s Degree 2,360
Associate’s Degree 1,199
Basic Certificate 97
Undergraduate Certificate 22
Graduate Certificate 20

Earnings of Chemistry Majors With Doctor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a doctor's degree in chemistry is $63,600. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $57,150 to a high of $67,975.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a doctor's degree in chemistry is $40,979. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $40,979 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $40,979.

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The median monthly payment of a chemistry graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $477.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue doctor's degrees in chemistry. About 60.2% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 1,843
Women 1,220
Gender Diversity of Doctor's Degrees in Chemistry

The racial-ethnic distribution of chemistry doctor’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 196
Black or African American 70
Hispanic or Latino 146
White 1,339
International Students 1,160
Other Races/Ethnicities 152
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Chemistry Doctor's Degree Students

There are 205 colleges that offer a doctor’s degree in chemistry. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, California
76 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of California - Berkeley tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for chemistry majors who are seeking their doctor's degree. Each year, around 43,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,442 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 76 doctor's degrees were handed out to chemistry majors at UC Berkeley. Around 20% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 43% were women.

#2

Stanford University

Stanford, California
58 Yearly Graduations
26% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Stanford University comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in chemistry. Each year, around 17,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $52,857 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $52,479 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 58 people received their doctor's degree in chemistry from Stanford. Of these students, 26% were women and 12% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, Indiana
52 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Purdue University - Main Campus is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in chemistry. Roughly 45,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,208 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,208 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 52 people received their doctor's degree in chemistry from Purdue. About 50% of this group were women, and 15% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts
49 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Massachusetts Institute of Technology comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in chemistry. Each year, around 11,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $53,450 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $53,450 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 49 doctor's degrees were handed out to chemistry majors at MIT. Of these students, 43% were women and 27% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois
46 Yearly Graduations
33% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Northwestern University comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in chemistry. Each year, around 22,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $56,232 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $56,067 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 46 doctor's degrees were handed out to chemistry majors at Northwestern. About 33% of this group were women, and 37% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, Wisconsin
46 Yearly Graduations
33% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for chemistry majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Wisconsin - Madison. Roughly 44,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,273 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,728 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 46 doctor's degrees were handed out to chemistry majors at UW - Madison. Around 13% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 33% were women.

#7

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
45 Yearly Graduations
33% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in chemistry. Roughly 29,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,019 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,552 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 45 people received their doctor's degree in chemistry from UNC Chapel Hill. About 33% of this group were women, and 18% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

Michigan State University

East Lansing, Michigan
43 Yearly Graduations
44% Women
5% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Michigan State University is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in chemistry. Roughly 49,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $15,555 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,858 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 43 doctor's degrees were handed out to chemistry majors at Michigan State. About 44% of this group were women, and 5% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan
43 Yearly Graduations
47% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in chemistry. Each year, around 48,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,212 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $23,890 per year.

The chemistry program at University of Michigan - Ann Arbor awarded 43 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 47% were women and 16% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

42 Yearly Graduations
29% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for chemistry majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus. Roughly 36,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,258 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,064 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 42 people received their doctor's degree in chemistry from Georgia Tech. Of these students, 29% were women and 14% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
42 Yearly Graduations
33% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for chemistry majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of California - Los Angeles. Roughly 44,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,442 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 42 doctor's degrees were handed out to chemistry majors at UCLA. About 33% of this group were women, and 29% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida
41 Yearly Graduations
32% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Florida comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in chemistry. Each year, around 52,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,477 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,770 per year.

The chemistry program at University of Florida awarded 41 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 32% of this group were women, and 22% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

41 Yearly Graduations
32% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in chemistry. Roughly 51,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,188 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,997 per year.

The chemistry program at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign awarded 41 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 32% were women and 10% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, California
40 Yearly Graduations
38% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for chemistry majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is California Institute of Technology. Each year, around 2,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $52,506 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $52,506 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 40 people received their doctor's degree in chemistry from Caltech. Around 25% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 38% were women.

#15

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota
37 Yearly Graduations
30% Women
3% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in chemistry. Roughly 51,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,318 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,580 per year.

The chemistry program at University of Minnesota - Twin Cities awarded 37 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 30% were women and 3% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
37 Yearly Graduations
24% Women

The 15th most popular school in the country for chemistry majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Chicago. Each year, around 17,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,642 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $60,300 per year.

The chemistry program at University of Chicago awarded 37 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

#17

University of California - Irvine

Irvine, California
36 Yearly Graduations
33% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of California - Irvine is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in chemistry. Roughly 36,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,442 per year.

The chemistry program at University of California - Irvine awarded 36 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 28% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 33% were women.

36 Yearly Graduations
31% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Ohio State University - Main Campus is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in chemistry. Each year, around 61,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,197 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,560 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 36 people received their doctor's degree in chemistry from Ohio State. Around 11% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 31% were women.

#19

Texas A&M University - College Station

College Station, Texas
35 Yearly Graduations
34% Women
9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Texas A&M University - College Station comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in chemistry. Roughly 68,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,941 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,677 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 35 doctor's degrees were handed out to chemistry majors at Texas A&M College Station. Around 9% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 34% were women.

#19

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut
35 Yearly Graduations
31% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Yale University is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in chemistry. Each year, around 13,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,500 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $43,300 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 35 people received their doctor's degree in chemistry from Yale. Of these students, 31% were women and 17% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to chemistry that offer doctor’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Physics 1,875
Geological & Earth Sciences 810
Astronomy & Astrophysics 185
Materials Sciences 178
Atmospheric Sciences 154

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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