2020-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletin (with addenda) 
    Apr 23, 2024  
2020-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletin (with addenda) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Materials Chemistry, Ph.D.

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Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy

Each doctoral candidate must complete a minimum of 75 credits of academic work past the bachelor’s degree, including a minimum of 36 credits of dissertation research, to complete the PhD in Materials Chemistry program. A minimum of 30 graduate credits beyond the bachelor’s degree (not including PhD dissertation and non-dissertation research credits) are required in chemistry or related subjects. Of the 30 credits, 12 are to be taken as part of the required graduate core courses in Materials Chemistry, 6 are from student seminars and a chemical information course, and 12 are taken as electives. For electives: at least 2 electives (6 credits) are to be chosen from approved CM courses, 6000-level and above. The remaining electives need to be selected in consultation with and with an explicit approval from the materials chemistry graduate adviser. In addition to the required coursework, attendance is required at departmental colloquia.

Students must also pass a comprehensive qualifying examination in materials chemistry and present a doctoral dissertation. The qualifying exam is given once a year. Additional details on the qualifying examination will be provided by the graduate adviser.

To meet graduation requirements, students must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher, excluding dissertation credits, and must not obtain a grade of C or lower in more than two required core courses.

A student who has earned graduate level credits and/or been awarded an MS degree should consult with the graduate adviser for course registration and possible credit transfer.

Candidates for the degree Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Chemistry should plan their programs in accordance with the following requirements:

Electives: 12 Credits

At least two electives (6 credits) must be chosen from approved CM courses, 6000-level and above.

The remaining courses may be chosen from other graduate programs with the approval of the graduate adviser in Materials Chemistry.

Dissertation: 36 Credits


Up to 9 credits of CM-GY 998X Research in Materials Chemistry  can be included here.

Total: 75 Credits

Additional Requirements:

  •  Required safety training: All graduate students in PhD Materials Chemistry must enroll in (on BioRaft) and complete three one-hour training sessions offered by the NYU EHS (Environmental Health and Safety) Office in the first semester. The three sessions are: Lab Safety, Waste Management and Biosafety. Student must show proof (e.g. certificate) that they completed this training to their advisors. Each subsequent fall they must take three online refresher sessions until they graduate.

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