Graduate Admissions

The Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology offers a PhD in Chemistry and a PhD in Chemical Physics. We admit students with a record of classroom and laboratory training in biological, organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry. We expect students to possess a strong enough grounding in chemistry to perform well on the required Chemistry GRE subject exam (other subjects like physics or biochemistry can be substituted if appropriate), and to be thoughtful enough about the discipline of chemistry to communicate their desire to pursue doctoral research in our department.

Prospective students should submit their applications online at the GSAS website. We also ask the student's recommenders to submit their letters online whenever possible.  The Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology is a member of the Harvard Integrated Life Sciences (HILS) consortium, a federation of Harvard life sciences PhD programs, departments, and subject areas that facilitates cross-disciplinary academic and research collaboration.  At the HILS website ( you will find additional detailed application instructions and information about the GSAS online application system.

CCB does not require an interview. Applicants must take the GRE general and appropriate subject examinations. These must be taken no later than November of the year prior to admission and preferably earlier so that score reports arrive by the December application deadline. GRE scores should be sent by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, institutional code 3451.

We announce admissions decisions in February and host an official visit in March for accepted students. An invitation to attend our "G-0 Visit" will be extended to all accepted students.  The 2017 visit date will be March 22nd-23rd. 

CCB meets the financial needs of its graduate students through department fellowships, teaching fellowships, research assistantships, and independent outside fellowships. Financial support is awarded on a 12-month basis, enabling students to pursue research throughout the year. Tuition and stipend is guaranteed to all graduate students whose academic standing and research work is satisfactory.

Note: We do not offer a terminal master's degree.