Cheminformatics Ph.D. Requirements

The cheminformatics track of the Ph.D. in Informatics focuses on interdisciplinary study and research, completed over three to five years.

Download the current Ph.D. in Informatics handbook (PDF). We also recommend consulting program director David Wild or your advisor in the department, as well as the University Graduate School Academic Bulletin 2014-2015 (use the tabs at the top and at the left) for more detailed information about these requirements.


A total of 90 credit hours is required for this degree. No more than 30 of those hours can be counted from a master’s degree taken at Indiana University or a graduate program at another university. An additional 6 hours of master’s thesis or capstone project may be counted toward the Ph.D. at the discretion of the student’s program committee, assuming the thesis or capstone project is of sufficient research quality.


Required Informatics Courses (18 cr.)

Theory and Methodology (12 cr.)

Specific course work, including research-oriented independent study, will be determined by the student’s advisory committee.

Electives (12-21 cr.)

Research lab experience may be substituted for classroom course upon approval of the advisor and the advisory committee.

Minor (6-12 cr.)

All students are required to have an appropriate minor inside or outside the school. Minors will be selected with the advisor’s recommendation.

Dissertation Work (21-30 cr.)