The chemistry department at CSB/SJU gives students excellent training to go on to graduate and professional schools. According to the Franklin and Marshall Report on baccalaureate origin of chemistry Ph.D.'s, we are one of the leading schools in the country in terms of producing students who go on to receive Ph.D's.
You don't have to pay for graduate school in chemistry. Typically tuition fees are waived and the student is given a stipend of between $10000 - $20000 annually (the average stipend is probably around $15000 for a Ph.D. program).
A Ph.D. program in chemistry usually takes 5 or 6 years, but this number varies with student. It typically requires a year or two of courses and a few years of research.
A Master's program is typically 2 years. There are some all-course master's, but most schools require research. A good list of master's programs in chemistry has been hard to find. UMD has a typical program; other examples include Bucknell and William and Mary.
GRE's are usually required for application - either a general test, or the chemistry or biochemistry subject test. Registration deadlines for GRE's are often before the fall of senior year.
Application deadlines for Ph.D. programs are often in December or January.
Here is some general info on grad schools from Princeton Review (admittedly directed mostly at humanities, not at chemistry).
Here is a listing of most chemistry departments.
Here is a link to the searchable version of the ACS Directory of Graduate Research
Princeton Review has a similar list of top graduate schools in chemistry, but expands it to a "Top 40" by adding the following schools to the end of the list (in roughly this order):
Starting from about 25th to the 40th:
- University of California - San Francisco
- Iowa State University
- Rice University
- University of Florida
- University of Washington
- University of Utah
- University of Pittsburgh
- Emory University
- University of Rochester
- University of California - Irvine
- University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
- University of California - Santa Barbara
- University of Notre Dame
- Michigan State University
- University of Oregon
attended by recent graduates include: