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The National Research Council (NRC) recently 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 the chemistry Ph.D. program at Brandeis as high as 13th among the more than 150 similar programs in US.  More…

The University Registrar and the Brandeis University Online Bulletin Web sites offer the official requirements and course descriptions for every academic department in the university.

Refer to the Bulletin's chemistry section for the most up-to-date information on requirements for the M.A., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees and for course descriptions. Visit the Course Schedule for the chemistry department's latest course offerings.


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Graduate Programs


The graduate program in chemistry includes course work, seminar participation, and research, and is designed to lead to a broad understanding of the subject. The program offers the following degrees:

  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy

Entering students may be admitted to either the master's or the doctoral program.  The doctoral program is 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. This program will be decided by joint consultation between the student, the Graduate Studies Committee, and the thesis supervisor, when selected. The doctoral program will normally include 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 University offers a Master of Arts in Teaching in secondary education in chemistry.

How to Be Admitted to the Graduate Program

The general requirements for admission to the Graduate School apply to candidates for admission to the graduate program in chemistry. In addition, the undergraduate curriculum of applicants should include courses in physics, mathematics and inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry. If you would like additional information from the graduate school, please use their request information form. If you would like information from the chemistry department, please e-mail us directly.

The application consists of a statement of purpose, two letters of recommendation, transcript, GRE scores and proof of proficiency in English for non-native English speakers. Follow this link for detailed application requirements and this link to complete an online application. If you have a resume, please upload it as part of the application.