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Brandeis combines the power of a university research program with the personality of a small teaching college. Chemistry graduates are sought after by industrial, government, and academic recruiters for their solid grounding in physical sciences and technology. 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.

The chemistry 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 in the PhD 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. Graduate students can engage with BioMaterials research by taking courses within the Quantitative Biology Training Program and then joining research laboratories funded by the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC).

In addition to the PhD, MA, and MS in Chemistry, Brandeis also offers a Master of Arts in Teaching in secondary education in chemistry.

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Courses and Degree Requirements

For the most updated course listing, course descriptions, and degree requirements, please visit the Registrar.

How to Apply

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.

Admission 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;

  • statement of purpose 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.

  • Standardized tests: GRE General Test is required. GRE Subject Test (in Chemistry) is strongly recommended, but not required. Our GRE institution code is 3092 (please note: this institution code only applies to GRE scores).

  • International applicants: Additional requirements for international applicants (non-U.S. citizens or non-permanent residents), minimum TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores, and important information regarding visas. If you are submitting TOEFL scores, please note that our TOEFL institution code is 3261.

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

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Generous scholarships and financial aid are available; for more information please visit Financial Aid.

Careers and Alumni

Students and alumni can work closely with Career Services for an array of resources, including CV/resume help, job search, and networking.