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Chemistry | Graduate Programs  

The Department of Chemistry at the Rutgers University-Newark welcomes your interest in our graduate program. The Department offers a number of distinct advantages for those seeking an M.S. or Ph.D. degree in chemistry, either on a full-time or part-time basis. For more information please contact our Graduate Administrative Assistant at

We are so proud of our recent Graduates and wish them much success in the next steps of their career!

We are so proud of our recent Graduates and wish them much success in the next steps of their career! 

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  • The goal of the Chemistry M.S. Program is to provide students with professional knowledge and technical skills above the B.S. level which will enhance their career potential and opportunities for advancing in their field. The structure of the M.S. program is geared to suit the needs of a part-time student who is already employed in industry or education. Two tracts towards the M.S. degree are offered: (1) coursework only based M.S. degree; (2) coursework and research based M.S. degree. The first option is usually favored by the part-time and non-traditional students while the second one is for full-time students.

    Learning Goal 1: Acquisition of fundamental knowledge of modern chemistry.

    Learning Goal 2: Engagement in the conduct of individual research.

    Learning Goal 3: Preparation for an independent research career.

  • The overarching aim of the Chemistry Ph.D. Program is to provide students with advanced knowledge and skills that are necessary in order to establish fully independent research careers in the future. The graduates are expected to be able to conceive, design and supervise research projects in industrial and academic settings, as well as instruct and train junior members of the research team.

    Learning Goal 1: Acquisition of fundamental knowledge of modern chemistry.

    Learning Goal 2: Engagement in the conduct of individual research and teaching.

    Learning Goal 3: Preparation for an independent research and teaching career.



Financial Support for Full-Time Students

  • Full-time Ph.D. students are financially supported either through fellowships, graduate (research) assistantships, or teaching assistantships. The starting assistantship stipend for 2023-2024 is $35,335, including full health benefits, and with tuition and fees waived. Financial support is available for all full-time domestic and international students that are admitted to the Ph.D. program.
  • Full coverage of graduate tuition.
  • The total value of the package (including health benefits and tuition) is well over $50,000 per year.
  • Additionally available:
    • Generous summer travel grants for participation in conferences and to travel for collaborative purposes.
    • Possibility of nomination to merit scholarships (typically $5,000 to $10,000).
    • Additional summer salary through research or teaching assistantships (typically ranging from $2,500 to $5,000).
  • Students pursuing an M.S. degree are typically self-supporting, receive tuition support through their company, or hold external fellowships.
  • Qualified students are encouraged to apply for support from the G-RISE program formerly known as Rutgers-Newark Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) program. Students are also encouraged to apply for external funding from non-Rutgers sources (e.g. the National Science Foundation).


International Applicants

  • F1 visa sponsorship is provided to all international Ph.D. students. The same salary and health benefits (health insurance) provided to U.S. students are offered to international students. Please read the international applicant page for more information.


Part-Time Graduate Study

  • All of the program courses and requirements are arranged to allow working scientists to pursue a graduate degree on a part-time basis. Courses, qualifying examinations, and all general program requirements are offered during the evening or on weekends.
  • Part-time students often begin graduate study by taking graduate courses on a non-degree basis. The non-degree application process is minimal, and up to 6 credits of courses can be applied to degree requirements once a student is accepted to a degree program.
  • Most part-time students complete a M.S. degree before deciding to applying to the Ph.D. program.


Non-Degree Students

  • Non-degree students may take up to 6 credits of courses before formally applying for admission to the Ph.D. or M.S. degree programs.
  • GRE scores, reference letters, and personal statement are not required; you only need to submit copies of transcripts from all previous institutions. Also see the Information for Prospective Students and read the section titled "Non-Degree Students". 


The New Jersey/New York Metropolitan Area

  • Situated in the business and financial center of New Jersey, Rutgers University-Newark is within 15 minutes of all major transportation systems, including Newark International Airport, New Jersey Transit, PATH, and Amtrak railroad lines. Surrounding areas include Manhattan (20 minutes by rail), Philadelphia (1 hour by rail), and Washington, DC (3 hours, Amtrak).


To have questions answered, please send email to the Graduate Administrative Assistant, Ms. Sophia Bautista Chinchay, at or 973-353-5173.