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FAQs

Included below are some frequently asked questions about graduate admissions.  If you have further questions, please contact us.

How do I apply?

Admissions for Fall 2017 will open July 1, 2016 and will close January 1, 2017.  Your application needs to contain the following:

  • A personal statement indicating prior research experience, and proposed field of interest.
  • Copies of college transcripts; unofficial transcripts are acceptable at application.
  • Copies of general GRE score; unofficial scores are acceptable at application.
  • For international students, scanned copies of the TOEFL or IELTS scores.
  • Three names and emails for letters of recommendation.  Please notify your letter writers in advance of your application that the letters will be due January 1st.
  • Payment of the application fee (waived for CUNY degree holders and US Veterans)

When do I submit my online application?

The deadline in January 1st
 

When will I hear if I am accepted?

The Admissions Committee will make offers starting in February.  Notice of declines and waitlists will be sent in late-March.
 

Do I have to take the GREs?

Yes, the general GRE is required.  The Chemistry subject GRE is optional.
 

Can I visit the Program?

There will be a CUNY Science Scholars Information Session in Fall 2016 for all students interested in the lab science Ph.D. programs.  You are welcome to attend and meet members of the faculty and current students.

 
Can I apply for a Master's Degree?

The CUNY Graduate Center does not have a Master's degree program.  However, several CUNY campuses offer Master's degree programs.  You could contact the campuses to learn more about their Master's degree programs.
 

When should I arrive in New York? 

Orientation is held the week before classes start so it is best to arrive in mid-August.
 

How and when do I choose a research mentor and start my research?
 
Graduate students learn about the various research opportunities available by attending research seminars in the Fall of the first year.  First year students are required to perform three research lab rotations in the first year to better familiarize themselves with the faculty and their research.  Mentor selection is done in May, and all students are expected to start their research by the early summer of their first year.
 

Do I have to take CUMEs?
 
Students in the Organic Subdiscipline are required to pass cumulative exams that evaluate their proficiency in fundamental organic chemistry concepts and ability to interpret the literature.
 

Do I have to teach? 
 
First year students take courses at the Graduate Center and do not teach.  Once you join a research laboratory at a campus, you may be required to teach.  Teaching loads are typically one laboratory, one recitation and the required grading.  Teaching assignments are handled by the individual campuses.
 

Can I change Subdisciplines? 
 
Yes, but in some cases it results in you taking an additional course.
 

Can I transfer in credits from my Master's Degree?  
 
Yes.  After you have passed your First Level Examination, you can apply to transfer up to 30 credits.  These are blanket credits and do not satisfy the course requirements for your subdiscipline.   If you have taken a course that is equivalent to a CUNY course, please bring it to the attention of the Executive Officer.   The Executive Officer, in consultation your Subdiscipline Chair, may grant you credit for one advanced elective if a course you have taken is equivalent to a CUNY course.