PhD in Chemistry

Clarkson University Graduate School

Program Description

PhD in Chemistry

Clarkson University Graduate School

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.


  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 Ph.D. degree requirements.
  2. A minimum of three academic years of full-time graduate study or the equivalent of a part-time study.
  3. Satisfactory completion of the Ph.D. candidacy procedure within two years of full-time study after admission to the Ph.D. 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. Ph.D. 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

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 the 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.


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.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated February 14, 2018
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