Degrees and Fields of Study
The Ph.D. program in Chemistry offers the opportunity to conduct research in New York, or at NYU Abu Dhabi or NYU Shanghai. Read more at the following websites:
Note: The field of study descriptions may not exactly match the actual program name on the degree that is conferred. Please refer to the GSAS Bulletin section Degree and Certificate Programs as Registered by the New York State Education Department for the actual program name and degree conferred.
- December 12, fall admission only
- December 12, fall admission only
- October 1, spring admission only
All application materials must be received by 5 p.m. eastern time on the deadline date. If an application deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday or legal U.S. holiday, then the next business day will be the deadline date.
Application Requirements for Chemistry
All applicants to the Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS) are required to submit a complete application for admission. A complete application includes the online application, academic transcripts, test scores (if required), letters of recommendation, a résumé or curriculum vitae, a Statement of Academic Purpose, and an application fee. Applicants also have the option of providing a short Personal History essay. Please refer to the Instructions section of the online application. In addition, the department specifically requires the following:
GRE: GRE general test not required. Please do not send us GRE test scores. If you do, the scores will not be reviewed or considered by the department's Admissions Committee.
TOEFL or IELTS: Either the TOEFL or the IELTS is required of all applicants who are not native English speakers or who do not have a bachelor's or master's degree from an institution where the language of instruction is English. See test score requirements.
Statement of Academic Purpose: Rather than a Statement of Academic Purpose, the Department of Chemistry asks you to describe your motivation for graduate school in chemistry. You may elaborate on chemical problems of the greatest interest to you and include discoveries in the field of chemistry that have inspired you.
Personal History Statement: Chemistry Personal History Statement is required and gives information on your background. The purpose of this essay is to get to know you as an individual and as a potential graduate student, and to understand how your background will add to the diversity of our school. Please describe how your personal background influenced your motivation for graduate school. You may discuss educational, familial, cultural, socioeconomic, or personal experiences or challenges; gender identity; community services, outreach services, first-generation college status or other matters relevant to your decision to pursue graduate education. Please note that the Personal History Statement is not meant to be a general autobiography. The statement is required and should not exceed two double-spaced pages. It should not duplicate the Statement of Academic Purpose.
Writing Sample: Not required.
Optional Video Submission: As part of the application to the Ph.D. or M.S. program in Chemistry, the department encourages you to submit a short video statement. This is an optional part of your application and is not required. Please read the detailed instructions on the GSAS Application Instructions - Video Requirements webpage.
NYU Abu Dhabi or NYU Shanghai Applicants: Applicants to the Abu Dhabi or Shanghai tracks of the Ph.D. program should indicate their interest in the campus section of the application.
The Graduate School of Arts and Science reserves the right to change this information at any time. This document supersedes all previous versions.
Last updated June 26, 2020.
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