Prospective Students


CCB is committed to enrolling students from groups underrepresented in graduate study. For advice about applying—including how to prepare a competitive application, check out the Diversity at GSAS page and the recruitment brochure Perspectives. Harvard’s policy is to make decisions concerning applicants on the basis of what each individual can contribute to the University’s educational objectives and institutional needs. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, national origin, political beliefs, veteran status, or disability unrelated to job or course of study requirements.

Immigration status does not factor into decisions about admissions and financial aid. For more information, see Undocumented at Harvard.

Check out our Diversity page to see what resources the University currently provides. 


Apply to one of two degree programs

Both programs require 5 to 6 years to complete.

Course Requirements

  • CHEMISTRY & CHEMICAL BIOLOGY: Ph.D. candidates must pass four advanced courses in chemistry and/or related fields (e.g. biochemistry, physics, etc.).
  • CHEMICAL PHYSICS: Ph.D. candidates must pass five advanced courses in chemistry and/or related fields (e.g. biochemistry, physics, etc.).

To learn more about required courses, click here.


A visual representation of the graduate program requirements


Tuition and Fees

  • The department covers the cost of tuition for all PhD students. Learn more on CCB's financial support page.
  • CCB provides a stipend of $39,000 to all students in good standing.

Required Tests

*NOTE: The GRE test requirement is waived for the 2020 to 2021 admissions cycle because of the COVID-19 pandemic.


The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences facilitates the application submission process for both the Chemistry and Chemical Physics PhD programs.

The application deadline is December 1st. The department announces admissions decisions in February and invites accepted students to an official visit during March.  The visit date for 2021 is to be determined.

GSAS at a Glance

  • Degree candidates:  4,814 (4,521 PhD candidates; 293 master’s candidates)
  • Degree programs:  59
  • 47  percent of GSAS students are women
  • 34  percent of GSAS students are international
  • 12  percent of GSAS students are underrepresented minorities




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