Yale is recognized as having one of the best chemistry programs in the U.S. The Chemistry Department is proud of its history, faculty, laboratories, instrumentation, libraries, and relations with industry. Most of all, Yale Chemistry is proud of its students and their research. Graduates of the department occupy leading positions in academia and industry, due in no small part to their cutting-edge research experiences.
The department’s relatively small size facilitates meaningful interactions between students and internationally known faculty, and collegial interactions between the hardworking and lively graduate students contribute to the Ph.D. experience.
Students interested in graduate study at Yale should look through the department facilities, instrumentation, faculty and associated faculty, staff, and seminar schedule. Applications for graduate admission are done through the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (not through individual professors) and are due, along with standardized test scores, by December 1. Accepted students are notified in late winter. In the spring, we host two visiting days to show prospective graduate students all the beauty, fun, and pleasantry of Yale and New Haven.
The Ph.D. degree is a research degree, and research is the main educational activity. Some students come to Yale the summer before matriculation to sample a research group, but the final pairing of students with research groups occurs during the first year. The graduate program begins in late August with a 2-week orientation to Yale, teaching, and the chemistry areas within the department. Students take classes and teach and also prepare independent proposals to exercise their creativity and scientific rigor. However, the focus of the degree is a Ph.D. dissertation on research as part of a faculty-led research group.