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Chemical Physics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #8 (ARWU) , NY,
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.


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 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

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

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              Academic Requirements

              Admissions 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 - 5760 USD/month
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