Ph.D. On Campus

Chemical Physics

Columbia University

36 months
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The PhD degree in Chemical Physics at Columbia University is conferred on qualified students whose interests lie in areas of research that overlap both chemistry and physics.


Key facts:

  • For more than a century, the Columbia Chemistry Department has played a major role in the development of the study of chemistry in the US. Until World War II, Columbia University dominated the academic scene by numbers, graduating more PhDs and staffing more academic posts in chemistry than any other US university. 
  • Since the 1940s, 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 Chemical Physics programs in the country, famous for its lively intellectual atmosphere and for the intensity of effort put forth by its faculty and students.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

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Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Columbia does not offer a free-standing program in Chemical Physics leading to the MA only; therefore, the subcommittee will consider applications only from prospective graduate students who intend to pursue a PhD degree.
  • one transcript showing courses and grades per school attended
  • a statement of academic purpose
  •  three letters of evaluation from academic sources

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Manhattan

2638 - 5751 USD /month
Living costs

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


  • Fellowships are awarded in recognition of academic achievement and in expectation of scholarly success. Teaching experience is considered an important aspect of the training of graduate students, so all graduate fellowships include some teaching apprenticeship.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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