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Ph.D. Program in Chemistry


The Ph.D. Program in Chemistry at the Graduate Center, CUNY has awarded over 450 doctoral degrees in chemistry for innovative research in its first 50 years. The consortial nature of the program offers students distinct advantages in graduate study. Students work with diverse faculty members who specialize in a wide spectrum of specializations within chemistry. Doctoral lecture courses and seminars are held at the Graduate Center, while doctoral research and laboratory courses are conducted at the CUNY colleges, creating a unique interdisciplinary and collaborative research environment.


Students may specialize in one of seven sub-disciplines: analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, nanotechnology and material science, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, polymer chemistry, and molecular biophysics. Each subdiscipline has a faculty mentor who advises prospective and current students. The student's choice of a sub-discipline serves as a guide in the choice of courses. The program is organized so that students may move easily between subdisciplines should they choose to do so.


The current program consists of over 100 faculty drawn principally from the chemistry departments at the following colleges: Brooklyn College, City College, Hunter College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Lehman College, Queens College, The College of Staten Island, and York College. The chemistry faculty have received many prestigious awards and honors in recognition of their contributions to science including the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, being named an American Chemical Society Fellow and membership in the National Academy of Engineering.

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Brian R. Gibney

Executive Officer & Professor
Brooklyn College
2900 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210

Phone: (718) 951-5600 ext 6636

Noa Borkan

Assistant Program Officer
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016

Phone: 212-817-8135
Fax: 212-817-1507