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Admission of students into the Chemistry Ph.D. program is administered by the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. The application forms may be found online. All prospective Ph.D. students are required to provide their academic transcript(s), two letters of recommendation, and Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. International students must also submit Test Of English as a Foriegn Language (TOEFL) scores.

Each student admitted for doctoral study 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.

A bachelors degree in Chemistry or a related science that includes a full year each of general chemistry, organic chemistry and physical chemistry and one semester of quantitative analysis is required for admission. In addition, successful applicants typically have a year of physics courses and mathematics courses through calculus and differential equations. Advanced chemistry electives in instrumental analysis and inorganic chemistry are also recommended. In general, successful applicants have a B or better average in these courses.

Students considering submitting an application are encouraged to view the Chemistry Ph.D. program Faculty web pages and to think about what type of research they are interested in studing. After considering their options, prospective students are better prepared to complete the items on the Application for Admission  that ask about a student's intended area of specialization and the senior college at which a student prefers to do research.