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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Deadline: December 15


About BC Chemistry

Hear from our faculty and students in these videos about the benefits of attending Boston College and studying in the Chemistry Department. 

Graduate Student Placements



Purdue University

University of Illinois

University of Wisconsin

University of Calcutta

P&G Pharmaceuticals

Virginia Tech

University of California, Berkeley

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Peking University

University of Pennsylvania

University of Cambridge



Northeastern University

University of Science and Technology, China

Application Information




Regular Decision
December 15

Application Form

Application Form

The due date for the receipt of applications for fall admission is December 15. Applicants can apply online through the Graduate School at the Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences admissions office page.

Information about fee waivers is located on the Fee tab of that page.


Required Courses

Required Courses

Those normally required for a BS degree in chemistry, biochemistry, or chemical biology.


Statement of Purpose

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

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

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

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

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.