Graduate Study in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology (CCB)

CCB graduate degree offerings provide research opportunities of great variety and scope. They also offer an unusual receptivity to different kinds of research interests, from the most immediate and practical to the highly theoretical.

CCB includes programs in chemistry and chemical biology. Faculty and students collaborate on joint educational and research programs. The close proximity of these disciplines encourages cooperation, and provides access to equipment and expertise not usually available within a single department.


The Master of Science degree and Doctor of Philosophy is offered in chemistry or chemical biology with concentrations in physical chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, polymer chemistry, computational and medicinal chemistry, chemical biology, and bioinformatics. Admission to the graduate program in chemistry requires an undergraduate education in chemistry. Admission to the chemical biology program requires either an undergraduate degree in chemistry with strong biology background or an undergraduate degree in biology with strong chemistry background.

State-of-the-Art Resources

CCB is housed in a modern building with well-equipped laboratories for tissue-culture work, protein separation and analysis, and small animal studies. State-of-the-art instrumentation is also available, including confocal microscopy, PCR, radio-isotope labeling, fluorometry, double-beam spectrophotometry, Fourier-transform infrared, nuclear magnetic resonance and high performance liquid chromatography, thermal analysis and electron tunneling microscopy. 

Lectures and Seminars

Periodically, the department invites a preeminent scientist for a sequence of informal talks and formal lectures. Previous lecturers have included Kenneth Pitzer and Herman Mark and the Nobelists William Lipscomb, Sir Derek Barton, Ilya Prigogine, Arthur Kornberg, Rosalyn Yalow, Sidney Altman and George Palade. Periodically, The Stivala Lectures in Chemistry invites an outstanding scientist for a day of lectures and discussions on timely topics in chemistry. Dr. James Cooper established this lecture series in memory of his father Charles Cooper, who was a close friend of Professor Salvatore Stivala, a professor of chemistry and chemical engineering at Stevens.

Awareness of recent developments in one's field is an important component of professional development. Therefore, attendance at seminars is required of all graduate students enrolled full-time in degree programs, and all doctoral students.

Research and Teaching

Finally, a measure of the success of a student's education is the ability to carry out original research. Either a thesis or a special research problem should be part of the master's program, unless evidence is presented that the student is already engaged in research outside of Stevens. Furthermore, students completing a master's thesis are required to present their results in a departmental seminar. The Ph.D. dissertation, of course, forms the major part of all doctoral programs.

The department believes the vitality of an academic community depends on interaction among its members, and that teaching and learning are essential activities for professors and students alike.

Admission Requirements

Admission into the master's degree or graduate certificate programs requires an undergraduate degree in engineering, or in a related discipline, with a grade point average of "B" or better from an accredited college or university.

Required Documentation

All applicants must submit the following documents to be considered for admission:

  • Completed online application for admission
  • Official college transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • GRE scores*
  • Application fee

Optional documents:

  • Resume/CV

*GRE scores required for all applicants applying into a full-time graduate program in the School of Engineering & Sciences (Code #2819). Scores are valid for five years prior to the application term. GRE required for all Ph.D. applicants.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants 

TOEFL/IELTS: International students (Code #2819).

Approximately two weeks following receipt of the above materials, you will receive a decision letter from the Office of Graduate Admissions. If accepted you will receive an acceptance letter outlining the program to which you were accepted, as well as your assigned academic advisor's contact information.

For questions related to program requirements, please check with the Office of Graduate Admissions at [email protected]

For more details on deadlines and how to apply please visit the Office of Graduate Admissions website.