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Chemical Physics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #8 (ARWU) , NY,
The Ph.D. degree in chemical physics is conferred on qualified students whose interests lie in areas of research that overlap both chemistry and physics.


For more than a century the Columbia Chemistry Department has played a major role in the development of the study of chemistry in the U.S. Until World War II, Columbia University dominated the academic scene by numbers, graduating more Ph.D.s and staffing more academic posts in chemistry than any other U.S. university. Since the 1940’s graduate programs have grown and expanded at many other institutions, and now Columbia is known more for quality than for quantity. The department runs one of the best graduate research and training programs in the country, famous for its lively intellectual atmosphere and for the intensity of effort put forth by its faculty and students.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Quantum Chemistry
  • Statistical Mechanics
  • Introduction to Molecular Modeling
  • Special Topics in Physical Chemistry
  • Interfaces and Condensed Phases
  • Intermediate Statistical Mechanics
  • Advanced Statistical Mechanics
  • Spectroscopy

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              Academic Requirements

              • All students must submit one transcript showing courses and grades per school attended, a Statement of Academic Purpose and three letters of evaluation from academic sources.
              • All international students whose native language is not English or whose undergraduate degree is from an institution in a country whose official language is not English must submit scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS.
              • The GRE Subject exam in Chemistry is required for application. 

              Tuition Fee

              • International Applies to you

                44860 USD/year
                Tuition Fee
                Based on the original amount of 22430 USD per semester and a duration of 36 months.
              • National Applies to you

                44860 USD/year
                Tuition Fee
                Based on the original amount of 22430 USD per semester and a duration of 36 months.
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              Living costs for Manhattan

              • 2638 - 5760 USD/month
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