1. A minimum of 90 credit hours, including no less than 24 credit hours coursework, 6 credit hours seminar, and a maximum of 30 transferred credits from an MS degree, (B grade or better), which have been applied towards PhD degree requirements.
  2. A minimum of three academic years of full-time graduate study or the equivalent in part-time study.
  3. Satisfactory completion of the PhD candidacy procedure within two years of full-time study after admission to the PhD program or, part-time students, before completing 66 credits. If the comprehensive examination is failed twice, the student will be required to leave the program.
  4. A written dissertation must be submitted by each candidate and defended orally as part of the final examination. For the final oral examination, a committee will be selected by the faculty advisor and approved by the department chair and dean of the respective school. The committee will consist of a minimum of five members. The members should include at least four Clarkson faculty of assistant professor rank or higher who possess an earned doctoral degree. At least one of the faculty members must be from a department other than the candidate’s major department.
  5. Time Limit. After the comprehensive examination has been passed; all work fulfilled specifically for the doctorate is to be completed within a period of seven calendar years.
  6. Grading system. The grades of A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C and P are acceptable for credit toward the degree. For graduation an average of B or better must be earned in non-dissertation courses and seminar work.
  7. PhD candidates in chemistry must: (i) complete a minimum of 6 credit hours of CM900, and (ii) present 3 seminars as part of their degree requirements.

Example Courses & Concentrations


  • Bioelectronics & Bio-nanotechnology
  • Colloids and Surface Science
  • Advanced Bioanalytical Chemistry
  • Special Topics in Polymer Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Introduction to Polymer Chemistry
  • Biochemistry & Biotechnology Lab
  • Thesis, Dissertation and Special Projects
  • Fundamental Chemical Kinetics
  • CM Seminar


  • Physical Organic Chemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Biomaterials
  • Modern Spectroscopic Methods
  • Manufacturing Implications/Advanced Materials
  • Special Topics/Colloids and Surfaces
  • Nanostructured Materials
  • CM Seminar
  • Thesis, Dissertation and Special Projects

Courses are provided as an example.