Admissions and Aid

The ideal applicant to the Ph.D. program in Chemistry will have a strong undergraduate academic background and record of research accomplishments in chemistry or related experiential science. Applicants should have a strong commitment to academic performance and to contributing to the advancement of knowledge through research, and should be excited and eager to explore opportunities and benefits of living, working and learning in New York City.

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, as long as the student remains in good academic standing and progresses on schedule in his/her doctoral research. The scholarship includes tuition, a $30,000/year living allowance, and low-cost health benefits through NYSHIP. Graduate students do not teach during the first year of study, but may teach at one of the senior CUNY colleges after the first year.

Prospective students are encouraged to read the American Chemical Society publication Planning for Graduate Work in Chemistry.

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Tuition rates for doctoral programs at The Graduate Center are based on a student's “level,” which is determined by a combination of the number of graduate credits completed (including, in the case of transfer students, credits accepted by the student's degree program and the Registrar) and specific academic accomplishments. 

The fee structure is also affected by a student’s resident status.

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Fellowships and Financial Aid

Every applicant to The Graduate Center’s doctoral programs will automatically be considered for five-year institutional funding packages. The aid we offer — including fellowships, tuition awards, and assistantships — is based on merit.

For students in the Ph.D. Program in Biochemistry, financial support is offered in the form of CUNY Science Scholarships. Almost all students accepted to these programs receive such Science Scholarships that include full tuition waivers for domestic and foreign students, directly paid scholarships, teaching assistantships and other funds usually provided from research grants.

Learn more about CUNY Science Scholarships »

Federal aid for doctoral students includes:

New York State also provides the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) for eligible graduate students who are New York State residents.

Additional funding may be available to incoming students from underrepresented populations through offerings from the Office of Educational Opportunity and Diversity, including several fellowships and the CUNY Pipeline Program for undergraduate CUNY students.

Learn more about funding opportunities from OEOD »