Chemical Physics

Program Category: PhD Programs

Chair: James Leighton


Degree Programs: Full-Time: MA, MPhil, PhD

The PhD degree in Chemical Physics is conferred on qualified students whose interests lie in areas of research that overlap both chemistry and physics. Inquiries should be addressed to Professor David Reichman at drr2103 [at]

The usual undergraduate preparation is a major in physics, chemistry, or chemical physics. It is desirable that the physics major have a broad knowledge of general chemistry and that the chemistry major have a broad knowledge of general physics. If such undergraduate training is lacking, it must be acquired early in the student’s graduate work.

Fellowships are awarded in recognition of academic achievement and in expectation of scholarly success. Teaching experience is considered an important aspect of the training of graduate students, so all graduate fellowships include some teaching apprenticeship.

An MD/PhD dual-degree program is available.

Special Admissions Requirements: 

Columbia does not offer a free-standing program in Chemical Physics leading to the MA only; therefore, the subcommittee will consider applications only from prospective graduate students who intend to pursue a PhD degree.

In addition to the requirements listed below, all students must submit one transcript showing courses and grades per school attended, a statement of academic purpose, and three letters of evaluation from academic sources.

All international students whose native language is not English or whose undergraduate degree is from an institution in a country whose official language is not English must submit scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS.

For more information, refer to our Admissions Information and Frequently Asked Questions pages.

Deadline for Fall Admission: Thursday, December 15, 2016
Resume Requirement: Yes
Writing Sample: No
GRE General: Yes
GRE Subject: Yes (Chemistry)
Degree Programs: Full Time