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The National Research Council (NRC) released its report, “A Data-Based Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs in the United States.”  Based on a wide variety of performance measures normalized for faculty size, the report ranks Brandeis' Chemistry Ph.D. program as high as 13th among the more than 150 similar programs in the U.S.  More…


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Graduate Programs


Brandeis' Department of Chemistry provides a small, collegial environment within a top ranked research university. Graduate programs in chemistry offer a portfolio of exciting research programs balanced between established and emerging areas in chemistry.

In addition to providing rigorous scientific training through coursework, seminar participation, and research, our graduate program is designed to enhance personal skills in communication, teaching, collaboration, and lead to a broad understanding of the field. The program offers the following degrees:

Graduate programs are designed to be flexible so that individual programs of study in inorganic, organic, physical, biophysical and materials chemistry may be devised to satisfy the particular interests and needs of each student. Students' programs are decided by consultation among the student, the Graduate Studies Committee, and the thesis supervisor.

The doctoral program normally includes a basic set of courses in the student's own area of interest, supplemented by advanced courses in chemistry and, when appropriate, biochemistry, biology, mathematics, and physics. Students in the Ph.D. program are eligible to participate in the interdepartmental Graduate Program in Quantitative Biology, which provides training in new research fields that cross the traditional boundaries between the life sciences and the physical sciences.

Brandeis also offers a Master of Arts in Teaching with a secondary education concentration in chemistry.

Program Highlights

  • Located in the Boston area, we belong to one of the strongest and most dynamic scientific communities in the world.  Students enjoy exposure to exciting scientific development through numerous seminar programs and engage in productive collaborations, both within and outside of Brandeis.  
  • The effectiveness of our graduate education is reflected by the outstanding productivity of our graduate students and, most importantly, their remarkable success in establishing thriving professional careers in both academia and industry.      
  • Chemistry research groups are supported by an excellent staff and have ready access to state of the art instrumentation.  Our most recent infrastructure additions are a modern proteomics lab with 4 complementary high-resolution instruments, a high throughput X-ray diffractometer, and an 800 MHz NMR spectrometer in a dedicated building, complementing 4 other departmental NMR instruments. 


Individual faculty members typically direct a group of 4-6 graduate students.  This close mentoring between faculty and students is a hallmark of our graduate training. Our faculty members are widely recognized leaders in major traditional divisions of chemistry, as well as in the increasingly important interdisciplinary areas of chemical biology, complex systems, materials chemistry and catalysis.  Our faculty has been honored with membership in the National Academy of Sciences, the American American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an American Chemical Society division chairmanship, a Howard Hughes professorship, fellowships in major scientific societies, Guggenheim Fellowships, Teacher-Scholar awards and Young Faculty awards from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Research Corporation Innovation Awards, Humboldt Fellowships, Sloan Fellowships, and named lectureships and memberships on editorial boards of major scientific journals.  The strength of our faculty is also reflected by their numerous publications in leading journals such as Science, Nature, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Angewandte Chemie, and others, and consistent success in securing highly competitive grants from federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Energy. 

How to Be Admitted to the Graduate Program

Requirements and deadlines for admission can be found on the Graduate School's website. Applicants' undergraduate curricula should include courses in physics, mathematics and inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry.

The application (available online) consists of a statement of purpose, resume or CV, two letters of recommendation, transcript(s), GRE scores, and proof of proficiency in English for non-native English speakers. 

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