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Our groundbreaking chemistry researchers are recognized as pioneers in colloid and fine particle research and discovery.

Many of our faculty enjoy an outstanding international reputation for their research accomplishments. Their diverse, yet complementary research interests provide you with a broad variety of research topics from which to choose, including bionanotechnology, smart surfaces and interfaces, functional and stimuli responsive materials, nanotherapeutics, diagnostics and biosensors.

The Department of Chemistry & Biomolecular Science at Clarkson University has a long-standing reputation for providing a first-class education in chemistry, material and biomolecular sciences, with core expertise in advanced materials, colloidal science, surfaces and interfaces, nanoparticle research, polymer science, biomaterials, bionanotechnology, bioelectronics and biosensors. Faculty members are associated with the New York State-funded Center for Advanced Materials Processing and several other interdisciplinary programs on campus. Strengths of our program include a highly collaborative research environment and established connections with chemical and advanced materials industries. These relationships can provide opportunities for technology transfer and potential employment for you. Departmental research is supported by federal grants, primarily from the National Science Foundation as well as New York State and private industry funding.

If you prefer, Clarkson University offers the Master of Arts in Teaching with a chemistry focus.

Curriculum

MS in Chemistry

The Master's in Chemistry consists of 30 credit hours, 18 of which are specifically in chemistry. The other 12 are in well-rounded master-level classes. This program can be completed in about two years.

Chemistry MS Requirements

PhD in Chemistry

The PhD in Chemistry consists of 90 credits beyond a bachelor's degree. These credits are taken in coursework, seminars and project work to fulfill the PhD requirement.

Chemistry PhD Curriculum

Admission

General Admission Requirements

Application materials must include an official undergraduate transcript, resume, three letters of recommendation and GRE score results. Applicants must have 

  • a BS and/or MS degree in chemistry or related field
  • demonstrated proficiency in English. All applicants must submit a TOEFL score unless their undergraduate or MS degree was in English language. The minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 80.

While there are no minimum GPA and GRE requirements, preference is given to applicants with research experience, a competitive GPA and higher TOEFL and GRE scores.

MS Prerequisites

Applicants must possess a baccalaureate (BS) degree in chemistry or a related major (e.g., materials science, biochemistry, biophysics, environmental science) and must have completed the following minimum college course preparation: introductory chemistry courses, including general chemistry, as well as specialized classes in organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry and biochemistry. In addition, basic training in mathematics and physics is required.

PhD Prerequisites

Applicants must possess a baccalaureate (BS) or a master's (MS) degree in chemistry or a related major (e.g., materials science, biochemistry, biophysics, environmental science) and must have completed the following minimum college course preparation: introductory chemistry courses, including general chemistry, as well as specialized classes in organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry and biochemistry. In addition, basic training in mathematics and physics is required.

A complete application file consists of the following:

  • application form
  • resume and statement of purpose
  • letters of recommendation — three letters required
  • official transcripts
  • test scores — GRE* and a score of 80 for TOEFL/6.5 for IELTS (if applicable)

* GRE may be waived for some applicants.

Supplemental information may be submitted if desired; this could include any other information that may help us evaluate your application.

Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more, have questions or are ready to apply, contact

Graduate Admissions Team
graduate@clarkson.edu
518-631-9831

For specific questions regarding the chemistry MS or PhD program, contact
chemgrad@clarkson.edu

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