Students and faculty in the Ph.D. program in Chemistry harness the transformational power of chemistry to solve important societal challenges.Request Information
The Ph.D. Program in Chemistry at the Graduate Center is a collaboration of over 120 faculty at seven CUNY colleges and the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center creating new knowledge at the forefront of the chemical enterprise centered in the world’s most dynamic city. As the central science, chemistry is at the nexus of important societal challenges. Our faculty and students see these challenges as opportunities to creatively harness the transformational power of chemistry to affect solutions.
The culture of CUNY involves smaller research groups than at other New York City institutions which allows for greater mentoring and interaction with faculty. The scale of CUNY provides both access to state of the art facilities and a rich diversity of expertise for chemical research.
If you are interested in applying to the Ph.D. Program in Chemistry, we invite you to contact the program via email, register for our virtual information sessions, and view our orientation video which offers an introduction and overview of our application process (also available in Espanol, Français, Polska).
Specialize Your Studies
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 materials science, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, polymer chemistry, and molecular biophysics.Curriculum Information
Financial Support for Current Students
Rose Kfar Rose Dissertation Award
The Rose K. Rose Dissertation Award is available to Chemistry doctoral students in their last year of studies. Students that apply to the Graduate Center Dissertation Fellowship competition are considered for the Rose K. Rose award and selected by the program’s Executive Officer, in consultation with the Executive Committee.Learn more about the Rose K. Rose Award
Participating CUNY Colleges
The Ph.D. in Chemistry is administered by the CUNY Graduate Center with the doctoral faculty being drawn principally from CUNY colleges. The consortial nature of the program provides students with the best instructors for their courses, the widest range of mentors for their thesis research, and a rich and diverse faculty to assist them in their research endeavors.
Friday, December 16, 2022
Interested in earning a Ph.D. in NYC? Attend this online info session to learn about the Chemistry program and the graduate school application process.
11:00 am — 12:00 pm
Nov 29, 2022
The program is open to CUNY Ph.D. students in STEM who are interested in bio-inspired nanoscience research.
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Chemistry Ph.D. student says synthetic mucins have huge commercial potential.
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Jun 28, 2022
With a $3 million NSF grant, the Graduate Center will prepare diverse Ph.D. students for new workforce opportunities in biotech, clean energy, and other areas that are benefiting from bioinspired nanoscience.
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Electrochemical Society Fellowship Goes to Chemistry Ph.D. Candidate
Congratulations to Chemistry Ph.D. candidate Rui Jia, who was awarded the 2022 H. H. Uhlig Fellowship of The Electrochemical Society. The fellowship provides $5,000 for summer research.