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Chemistry, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
University rank #581 (QS) Worcester, MA, United States
The Chemistry Department at Clark University offers programs leading to a doctorate of philosophy in the fields of biophysical, chemical biology, inorganic, materials, organic, organometallic, physical, polymer chemistry, and in biochemistry and molecular biology.
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The Chemistry department at Clark University offers programs leading to a doctorate of philosophy with specialization in various fields of chemistry. Emphasis is placed on tailoring programs to fit the specific needs and desires of the graduate student. To facilitate this goal, a committee of interested faculty works with each student to advise and review his/her progress in research work and course requirements. 

The programme

One year of a teaching apprenticeship is required of all candidates. In addition to formal course work (Six courses from specific areas of chemistry for Ph.D. students), all students must pass qualifying examinations and submit and defend a research thesis.

Graduate students also may elect to take courses at nearby institutions; for example, at Worcester Polytechnic Institute or at the University of Massachusetts Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (both in Worcester).

The rare combination of a small department and an active faculty with many and varied research interests offers the student a unique opportunity for an intellectually stimulating program in a close and friendly atmosphere.


Because of our strong commitment to research, the department has been able to acquire specialized research equipment normally found only in much larger departments. Much of this equipment is physically located in the Sackler Sciences Center; however, the department also has ready access to a considerable amount of additional equipment at affiliated institutions in the greater Worcester area, mainly at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and the Worcester Art Museum.


Clark University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Synthetic Organic Chemistry
  • Chemistry and Biology of Medicine
  • Inorganic Materials
  • Crystallography, Diffraction, and Scattering Methods
  • Biophysical Chemistry
  • Biomolecular NMR
  • Biochemistry 
  • Protein Chemistry
  • Computers in Biochemistry
  • Research Conference
  • Polymeric Biomaterials
  • Research Methods
  • Special Topics
  • Directed Study

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    Schedule GRE®

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

Application Requirements

  • Application fee (nonrefundable): $75
  • Personal statement 
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Résumé
  • All academic transcripts
  • TOEFL  or IELTS scores are required for all international applicants

Tuition Fee

  • International

    46850 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 46850 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    46850 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 46850 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
  • In-State

    46850 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 46850 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
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Living costs for Worcester

  • 1100 - 1620 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Financial aid is available to qualified Ph.D. students. This may be in the form of tuition remission scholarships, teaching assistantships, or research assistantships. Teaching assistantships offer a twelve month stipend and tuition remission. Applicants are considered for assistantships at the time of admission. Eligibility normally lasts five years for students in good standing. Support beyond the fifth year may be requested, but will only be considered under exceptional circumstances.

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