Doctoral Programs

Doctoral Programs

The doctoral program is a community of scholars dedicated to advancing scientific research and inventing new technologies. Applicants will not be admitted to the doctoral program without evidence that they can pass the required examinations, perform a credible dissertation based on original research, succeed in course work, and live up to the high standards expected of the Ph.D. degree. For admission to the Ph.D. program in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, the Graduate Record Examination is required. Although a minimum acceptable score is not specified, a score of less than 600 in the Quantitative Section stands little chance of being admitted. Applicants should also have a GPA of 3.4 or better for admission. The TOEFL is required of international students.


The first major examination in the doctoral program is the Qualifying Examination, which must be passed within 10 months after acquiring 30 graduate credits and matriculating in the doctoral program. The matriculation date is the date that the graduate program advisor signs the doctoral study plan. Results of a similar examination taken at another institution or in another program are not transferable to Chemistry or Chemical Biology at Stevens. All parts of the Qualifying Examination must be taken at the same sitting and a single pass or fail grade is issued for the entire examination.

The Examination is offered three times a year, on the fourth Monday of September, the fourth Monday of February, and the second Monday of June. Further details about the Qualifying Examination, Preliminary Examination, and graduate study in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology are found in the manual entitled, Departmental Requirements for Graduate Study in Chemistry and Chemical Biology.


Please see the BME Doctoral Program Requirements  and the  BME Qualifying Examination Policy documents.

For more information, visit the Office of Graduate Academics.  

Admission Requirements

Admission into the Graduate Certificate or Master's Degree 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

* Starting Fall 2014 GRE scores required for all applicants applying into a full-time graduate program in the School of Engineering and Sciences. (Code #2819) All scores are only valid for five years prior to the application term. GRE required for all PhD applicants.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

TOEFL/IELTS - International students (Code #2819).  For English language proficiency requirements please click here.

Approximately two weeks following receipt of the above material, 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 at


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