The graduate program in chemistry is a thriving community of researchers that engages in cutting-edge science.  The projects range from extra-planetary science, to single atom manipulation, to development of therapeutics.  The areas of focus are the interface of chemistry and biology, surface science and materials.

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Medford, MA 02155
(617) 627-3395

M.S. in Chemistry

The M.S. program is for students seeking an education at an advanced level in chemistry. Briefly, each student must pass eight graduate-level courses, at least six of which must be formal classroom instruction. With the approval of the student's adviser, up to one-half of the course work may be taken in related fields outside the department of chemistry.

Ph.D. in Chemistry

The Ph.D. in chemistry is primarily a research degree. It is awarded to students who have displayed competence in planning and conducting original research in the field of chemistry, demonstrated a broad familiarity with the science of chemistry, understanding in the application of the scientific method, and gained a thorough knowledge of their field of specialization.

M.S., Ph.D. in Chemistry/Biotechnology

The Department of Chemistry, jointly with the Biotechnology Center, offers programs leading to the degrees Master of Science (M.S.) for students seeking an education at an advanced level in chemistry/biotechnology, and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) for those preparing for careers in which chemical/biotechnology research is a central activity.

Ph.D. Chemistry: Chemical Physics

The Department of Chemistry, jointly with the Department of Physics and Astronomy, offers a program leading to a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics. For mathematically inclined chemistry graduate students or the atomic-molecularly focused physics graduate students, this combined program builds on the strengths of these students while preparing them for careers at this recognized interdisciplinary boundary in areas such as designing materials for energy production and utilization, basic issues in surface interactions and catalysis, and complex issues in biochemistry.

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Krishna Kumar
Professor and Department Chair
Ph.D. , Brown University
Bioorganic, Organic, Biophysical, and Chemical Biology
Charles Sykes
Professor and Graduate Program Director
Ph.D. , Cambridge University
Physical and Surface Chemistry
Clay S. Bennett
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , University of Pennsylvania
Chemistry and Chemical Biology of Carbohydrates
Terry E. Haas
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Inorganic and Material
Jonathan E. Kenny
Ph.D. , University of Chicago
Physical, Environmental, and Analytical
Samuel P. Kounaves
Ph.D. (D.Sc.) , Université de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland
Analytical, Planetary Science, and Geochemistry
Joshua A. Kritzer
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , Yale University
Bioorganic, Biophysical, and Chemical Biology
Yu-Shan Lin
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , University of Wisconsin, Madison
Theoretical and Biophysical Chemistry
Charles Mace
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , University of Rochester
Bioanalytical and Materials Chemistry
Albert Robbat Jr.
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Pennsylvania State University, University Park
Analytical and Environmental
Elena Rybak-Akimova
Ph.D. , Pisarzhevsky Institute, Ukrainian Academy of Sciences
Inorganic and Materials
Rebecca A. Scheck
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , University of California, Berkeley
Bioorganic Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Mary Jane Shultz
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Physical, Environmental, Excited State, and Surface
Robert D. Stolow
Ph.D. , University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Organic Chemistry
Samuel W. Thomas III
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Organic, Surface Chemistry, and Materials Science
Arthur L. Utz
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , University of Wisconsin, Madison
Physical and Materials
David R. Walt
Ph.D. , SUNY at Stony Brook
Bioanalytical, Materials, Biochemistry, and Nanoscience

Application Deadline

Fall: January 15
Spring: October 15


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- GRE Subject Test scores recommended for all other applicants and required for international applicants

- Applicants whose undergraduate degree is not from a U.S. or Canadian institution must also submit a score for the GRE Subject Test in Chemistry.  This exam is also recommended for U.S. and Canadian applicants who wish to provide a better indication of their knowledge of chemistry or who may not have had a rigorous or appropriate degree in chemistry.

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For questions about this program, including scholarships and assistantships, please contact the graduate program director, Associate Professor Sam Thomas.

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Medford, MA 02155

Phone: (617) 627-3441