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The CUNY Ph.D. Program in Chemistry

The CUNY Graduate Center offers a program of study leading to the Ph.D. degree in Chemistry. The program is consortial in nature with the faculty being drawn principally from the Chemistry Departments of City University. These colleges include Brooklyn College, City College, Hunter College, John Jay College, Lehman College, Queens College, The College of Staten Island and York College.

In the past 50 years, the CUNY Ph.D. Program in Chemistry has award over 450 Ph.D. degrees.  At present, the program consists of about 110 students and averages 15 Ph.D. graduates per year. CUNY Ph.D. graduates are employed by over 50 different major chemical companies and by more than 40 academic institutions in the United States and abroad.

Program Structure

All students entering the program are required to take a range of courses chosen to insure both a broad background in chemistry and a detailed knowledge of their chosen specialty. 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 to advise prospective and current students. The student's choice of a sub-discipline serves solely as a guide in the choice of courses. Lecture courses are offered at the Graduate Center and laboratory courses at the colleges. Electives can be taken in other subdisciplines, in other programs at the Graduate Center, and at New York University and Columbia University.  The program is organized so that students may move easily between subdisciplines should they choose to do so.

A list of subdisciplines and their Chairs is given below.

Financial Support

Each doctoral student in Chemistry is awarded a multi-year CUNY Science Scholarship which guarantees financial support for five full years of study, assuming the student remains in good academic standing and progresses on schedule in his/her doctoral research. The scholarship includes tuition, a $25,000/year living allowance, and low-cost health benefits.  Graduate students do not teach their first year of study, but may teach at one of the senior CUNY colleges after the first year.