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Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
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  • Students ordinarily pursue those objectives by taking advanced courses, participating in organized and informal seminars, and carrying out and reporting on research projects in their major subject. Students normally conduct research during the summer and receive financial support for this purpose.
  • With the consent of the Special Committee, a student may elect one or two minors from the above list or from another field. Entering students are required to register with the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at the beginning of their first term. They consult with the Director of Graduate Studies and with their temporary Special Committee.
  • Proficiency tests in inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry are required of all entering Ph.D. degree candidates. These tests are given a few days before registration for the fall term. Results are used to help the Special Committee plan the student's program. Remedial course work may be required of students with poor test scores.
  • Students majoring in organic or bio-organic chemistry must prepare and defend an original research proposal, usually after passing the Admission to Candidacy examination.
  • Specific inquiries from prospective graduate students are welcomed and should be addressed to the graduate field office or to any faculty member in the field. 

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Concentrations by Subject

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Bio-organic Chemistry
  • Biophysical Chemistry
  • Chemical Biology
  • Chemical Physics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Organometallic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Polymer Chemistry
  • Theoretical Chemistry

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Applicants should have the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree in chemistry, including courses in analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry, as well as in mathematics and physics. Unusually promising students may be admitted with deficiencies in undergraduate training. 
  • Applicants are required to submit scores on the GRE general test and on the GRE subject test in chemistry.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29500 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    29500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29500 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
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Living costs for Ithaca

  • 1128 - 2460 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Complete financial support accompanies every offer of admission to the Ph.D. program. Each Ph.D. student is therefore guaranteed at least five years of full financial support as long as he or she makes satisfactory progress toward the Ph.D. degree. This support includes a 12-month stipend, a full tuition award, and health insurance. Financial support comes in the form of teaching assistantships, graduate research assistantships, research fellowships, and several NIH-funded training grant programs, such as the Chemistry Biology Interface (CBI) Training Program. Eligible applicants are strongly encouraged to seek federally funded fellowships, such as those available from the National Science Foundation (NSF) as well as other government or private agencies.

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