Graduate Studies

The graduate program in chemistry at New York University is organized into three areas, which are not mutually exclusive: organic/bioorganic and inorganic chemistry, theoretical and experimental physical chemistry, and biomolecular/biophysical chemistry. Within each area there are separate tracks involving a sequence of courses and laboratory experiences and an evaluation system designed to prepare students for dissertation research. In addition, we have recently launched a new interdisciplinary doctoral program in Computational Biology.

As with most graduate programs, the student's research experience is the essence of the Ph.D. degree. The requirements leading up to the Ph.D degree are designed to train students in fundamental concepts, oral presentation skills, scientific reasoning, design of experiments and/or theoretical models, and writing technical papers/reports. The overarching goal of the student's graduate training is the achievement of research excellence in a chosen sub-discipline of chemistry.  To facilitate choosing a laboratory and a research adviser, each faculty member gives a short presentation on his/her research to the first-year students.  First-year students are then asked to spend a rotation period during their second semester in one or more research groups in order to learn how different groups approach scientific problems. Other courses taken during the first year of study, provide a background in concepts, methods, and problems that will be the foundation for independent research.

Students are admitted to Ph.D. candidacy by completion of course requirements in any division with a GPA of 3.0 or better and by satisfactory performance on the candidacy examination, taken in the middle of the second year. Students participate in seminars within their divisions and prepare research proposals, both on their own research and on an original topic. Detailed requirements for the M.S. and the Ph.D. degrees are listed in the Graduate School of Arts & Science Bulletin; the most recent details are in Requirement section on this web site.

Most new Ph.D. students are supported by MacCracken Fellowships as described in Financial Aid section. Advanced students may be supported as research assistants or on special fellowships. To apply online, click here.

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