Welcome to the Boston College Department of Chemistry! We hope you will take this opportunity to learn more about the dynamic research community here at BCC.

Recent achievements of the scientists in BCC reflect the exciting research culture we enjoy. In the last year, over 100 research papers were published by BC chemists in internationally recognized journals and the overwhelming majority of the papers were co-authored by our graduate students. Each year, we celebrate the accomplishments of our students with our Graduate Student Research Symposium, a day-long event featuring seminars and poster presentations by our graduate student colleagues.

Many of our graduate students have obtained prestigious fellowships, including those sponsored by the American Chemical Society, the Department of Education, the National Institutes of Health the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, NASA and the pharmaceutical/biotech industries. In addition, graduates of BCC have gone on to assume positions of scientific leadership in private industry as well as some of the finest academic institutions in the world.

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scientists studying all phases of contemporary chemical science


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internationally recognized faculty members

Graduate Student Placements



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Application Information




Regular Decision
January 2

Application Form

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The due date for the receipt of applications for fall admission is January 2nd. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online through the Graduate School at the Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences admissions office.

There is a $75 non-refundable required application fee that is used to process your application. You have the option to pay this online before submitting the application form. If you choose to wait to pay the fee, you will have the option to pay the fee through the Portal. Alternatively you may send a $75 non-refundable check or money order, made payable to Trustees of Boston College to the processing center or directly to the Admissions office.

The application fee is waived for current BC students, McNair Scholars, IRT participants, active JVC members, Americorps volunteers, Teach for America corps members, and active duty military. Current undergraduate applicants for whom the fee would constitute a serious hardship may request a waiver. Such requests will be considered only if they are received by the Admissions office in the form of a letter sent directly from an official verifying qualification for the applicant’s fee waiver. Applicants may use the application fee waiver form to submit this request.


Required Courses

Required courses: those normally required for a BS degree in chemistry, biochemistry, or chemical biology.

Statement of Purpose

A Statement of Purpose is required. Include area(s) of research interest (organic, bioorganic, chemical biology, inorganic, theoretical, computational, physical, and biophysical). Additionally, include specific research faculty with whom you are interested in as a future advisor.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation from professors or supervisors. At least one letter must be from an academic source.


Unofficial transcripts may be submitted through the online application form for review purposes during the application process, but official copies of all transcripts reviewed for admission must be submitted upon acceptance/matriculation and no later than June 15.

Standardized Tests

Graduate Record Examination (GRE): - send official scores with your application materials. The institution number is 3083.

GRE Subject Test in Chemistry: GRE Subject Test in Chemistry is recommended, but not required.

Interest Survey

Please take a few moments to tell us about your search for a Ph.D. program. This will help us provide helpful, relevant and practical information to applicants. Take the 5-question interest survey.

Questions concerning the Ph.D. program may be directed to:

Ms. Dale L. Mahoney
Associate Director of Administration and Graduate Student Services
Email Address:


International Students

Evidence of English Proficiency (TOEFL and IELTS): A score of 100 or higher on the TOEFL iBT test or 7.0 on the IELTS test isrequired. For more information, please read the material on the Graduate School Admission Office web site regarding the english proficiency.

Non-Standard Admissions: For students who would like their application to be considered outside of the usual application window and/or to begin graduate studies mid-year, please contact Dale Mahoney.