Graduate Program      

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.

Ph.D. Program Applicants! NEW: Application Fee Waiver for Fall 2019

The Chemistry Department is offering to waive application fees for the first 15 qualified applicants. To qualify, potential Ph.D. students should have a GPA of 3.3 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) and for international students, a TOEFL score of 94 or higher. Please contact the graduate program coordinator regarding this initiative and for other inquiries at

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 2018-2019 is $25,969, 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 over $40,000 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 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

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 Program Coordinator, Prof. Brenner-Moyer, at or call the Graduate Program Administrative Assistant at 973-353-5173.