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Admission Requirements

All students must submit one transcript showing courses and grades per school attended, a statement of academic purpose, three letters of evaluation from academic sources, and a resume.

We are not accepting GRE scores for the 2023-2024 admissions cycle.

We understand that successful students come from widely varying backgrounds and our review process considers the context of each applicant’s record. No negative assumptions will be drawn if GRE scores are not included with applications.

International students may be required to submit evidence of English language proficiency. See the International Students page on the GSAS Admissions website for more information. Applicants with questions about Columbia’s English language proficiency requirement, can reach out directly to our Admissions staff at [email protected].

For more information, refer to The Columbia Graduate School for Arts and Sciences Admissions Information and Frequently Asked Questions, as well as our departmental admissions FAQ.

Who to Contact

For Application Questions:

Xavier Roy
Director of Admissions
Department of Chemistry
Columbia University
3000 Broadway, Mail Code 3176
New York, NY 10027
(212) 854-2433
[email protected]

Director of Graduate Studies
Professor Ged Parkin

Department Chair
Professor Laura Kaufman

Graduate Program Administrator
Sheila Skaff

Apply to Columbia

The Doctoral program in Chemistry is part of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. You can apply online and find information on the application process through their website.

Why Choose Columbia

Columbia’s graduate programs in Chemistry and Chemical Physics aim to train a new generation of scientific leaders in research, teaching, and beyond.

Recruitment Weekend

Admitted students are invited to meet with department students and faculty to learn more about the Chemistry and Chemical Physics programs and life in New York City.

Department Life

Columbia Chemistry’s intellectual, collegial, and lively atmosphere reflect its location in the heart of uptown New York City...


As a central part of its research mission, the Chemistry Department at Columbia aims to bring diverse researchers together across disciplines to perform cutting-edge research...


Meet the esteemed Chemistry Faculty at Columbia University. Find contact information, as well as a list of selected publications from each member.