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The Brandeis University Department of Chemistry offers a diverse range of well-funded, internationally recognized research programs in major traditional divisions of chemistry, as well as in the increasingly important interdisciplinary areas of chemical biology, complex systems, materials chemistry, and catalysis. The graduate program in chemistry includes course work, seminar participation, and research, and is designed to lead to a broad understanding of the subject. Visit the department's website for more information about the program. See application information below.

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Application Deadlines

PhD: December 15Late applications will be considered, but first consideration will be given to applications received by the deadline.

MA: For fall admission, rolling through May 1; review begins January 15. For spring admission, November 1.

MS: Admission to the MS program is for students who are already matriculated in our MA program.

Application Requirements

To apply for all programs, you need to submit:

  • An online application

  • An application fee

  • Transcripts from all universities and colleges attended must be uploaded to your application; do not mail official transcripts to our office. For more information, visit Frequently Asked Questions.

  • Two letters of recommendation, submitted electronically

  • curriculum vitae (CV) or resumé, which should include your educational history, employment experience, and other relevant information.

  • statement of purpose in essay form, indicating your reasons for undertaking graduate study. In addition, please describe your qualifications for the academic program and your objectives in undertaking this program.

    • Applicants to the doctoral program should clearly outline their research interests and how they would complement those of the faculty. Balancing student's research interests with those of the Brandeis faculty is a major factor in the admissions process. The application asks for the names of three or four faculty members with whom you are interested in working. If you are admitted, your choice of a research supervisor must be guided by the preferences that you express in your application.

    • Applicants to the master's program should discuss their plans for their academic and professional career and how the Graduate School will help them attain their goals.

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE): Please note that if you are applying for the 2023-2024 academic year, results from the GRE General Test and the GRE Subject Test (in Chemistry) are recommended, but not required. Typically, the GRE General Test is an application requirement and the GRE Subject Test is strongly recommended, but not required. However, for this admissions cycle, your application will receive full consideration even if you are unable to take these exams. Our GRE institution code is 3092 (please note: this ETS institution code only applies to GRE scores). MyBest™ scores from ETS will not be accepted.

  • Additional Requirements for International Applicants: Score report from one of the following English language proficiency exams: TOEFL iBT, TOEFL Revised Paper-delivered Test, TOEFL ITP Plus for China Solution, IELTS Academic, PTE Academic, or Duolingo English Test. You can arrange for the delivery of your TOEFL iBT or Revised Paper-delivered Test score report by providing ETS with our institution code, 3261 (no department code is necessary); please note that we do not accept TOEFL Essentials score reports or MyBest™ scores from ETS. Delivery of your TOEFL ITP Plus scores can be arranged via your Vericant account, delivery of your Duolingo scores can be arranged via your Duolingo account, and delivery of your PTE Academic scores can be arranged via your Pearson account. Further information about this requirement can be found on the International Students page. 

For a more comprehensive description of application requirements, please see Frequently Asked Questions.

Student Spotlight

Chris Konow

Chris Konow researches the impact of growth on Turing patterns in the Epstein Lab. Turing patterns are named after the British mathematician Alan Turing, who proposed a mechanism for how differentiation can occur within a homogeneous system. The Epstein and Fraden labs at Brandeis have provided experimental support for Turing's predictions and are currently performing research to improve our understanding of the Turing mechanism.