Graduate Studies

The University of Rochester Chemistry Department is a medium-sized department with a balance between internationally known research and a small student/faculty ratio. The Chemistry Department is a center for cutting-edge research, where graduate education focuses on instruction leading to the Ph.D. degree.

In the Department of Chemistry, we educate through research. The Department has strong research programs in the traditional areas of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry, as well as in interdisciplinary areas such as chemical physics, photochemistry, nanotechnology, organometallic, biophysical, bioorganic, and bioinorganic chemistry. Collaboration between groups often leads to fruitful cross-disciplinary learning opportunities.

The Chemistry Department operates a wide variety of sophisticated research instrumentation, available 24 hours a day, which are used by students and faculty in a "hands-on" way. The availability of major state-of-the-art instrumentation represents one of the special strengths of graduate education at the U of R.

Full tuition scholarships are awarded to all Chemistry PhD students, at levels competitive with other top research institutions. The graduate base stipend is increased annually, and will be $26,500 for the 2015-2016 academic year. Numerous distinguished fellowships also exist within the Department and the University that recognize excellence in graduate work and supplement the base level of support.

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Quick application information...

  • There is no application fee.
  • Application Deadline: The priority deadline for submitting the application materials for admission to the graduate program in the Department of Chemistry is December 15. Applications received after the priority deadline will still be accepted and processed but will be given consideration according to the availability of positions in the program.
  • You must submit GRE scores, your undergraduate transcript, and three letters of recommendation. TOEFL scores are also required for non-native English speakers.
  • All correspondence should be sent to:

Graduate Studies Office
Department of Chemistry
RC Box 270216
Rochester, NY 14627-0216