Department of Chemistry College of Arts and Sciences Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Department of Chemistry College of Arts and Sciences Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Stony Brook, NY
student ratio
Not Reported
total students
average amount to complete degree
January 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
2 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


Department of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry at Stony Brook offers courses of study leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. The emphasis of the graduate program is on research. Upon arrival at Stony Brook, each new student meets with a faculty adviser to choose appropriate course work. During the first semester, new students get to know the faculty members through courses, departmental activities, and a research seminar in which the faculty members describe their research programs. Students choose a faculty research adviser at the end of the first semester, and many begin their research projects in the second semester.

The faculty members at Stony Brook have diverse backgrounds and research interests, with a significant emphasis on interdisciplinary research. Students have access to research projects in the broad range of chemistry fields, including biological, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry, as well as studies at the interfaces of chemistry and other disciplines (materials science, physics, molecular biology, pharmacology, earth and space science, computer science, and others). Several faculty members have joint appointments with other University departments or with Brookhaven National Laboratory. Students have the option of pursuing a degree with a concentration in chemical biology or chemical physics, if desired. In addition, nearby Brookhaven National Laboratory and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory provide many opportunities for collaborative research.

The graduate program is individually tailored to each student, with students finishing in four to six years. Graduates pursue careers both in industry and in academia, including undergraduate and research institutions.

Research Facilities

Graduate students at Stony Brook have access to excellent research facilities. The Chemistry Building is a modern, seven-story, 170,000-square-foot structure designed for research and advanced teaching. Student and faculty offices overlook the densely wooded campus and Long Island Sound.

In-house services include the machine shop and electronics shop, as well as a mass spectrometry facility with GC/MS, FAB, and TOF-MS capabilities. The NMR facility provides equipment for standard analytical characterization as well as sophisticated solution and solid-state experiments and includes 250-, 300-, 400-, 500-, and 600-MHz instruments.

The Chemistry Library, located in the Chemistry Building, maintains subscriptions to 240 journals, with online access to ninety-two, and provides 24-hour access to databases such as Beilstein Commander, SciFinder, and the Science Citation Index.

Student Group

The chemistry graduate program includes 155 students, of whom approximately 40 percent are women. Students in the program come from across the U.S. and a dozen other countries. The Department values a diverse student body, united in their excitement about chemistry.

Student Outcomes

Graduates from Stony Brook's Department of Chemistry go on to top industrial and academic positions. Recent graduates have taken research positions at companies such as Merck, Pfizer, and Duracell; postdoctoral positions at research institutions such as Berkeley, Harvard, Oxford, and Sloan-Kettering; and faculty positions at schools such as Manhattan College, the University of North Carolina, Florida State University, and City College, CUNY.

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A State University in the Shadow of New York City

Located on 1,000 acres on the north shore of Long Island, Stony Brook University is just 60 miles east of New York City. Students have access to the rich cultural activities, museums, libraries, and entertainment in New York City via the university's on-campus rail station.

Stony Brook students enjoy various recreational activities throughout the year, particularly outdoor activities at the nearby West Meadow Beach and the campus hiking and biking trails. Stony Brook University features a wide variety of student services and facilities, including a medical center, residence halls, fitness centers, and 8 campus libraries.

Location & Contact

Department of Chemistry

College of Arts and Sciences
Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Nicolls Road
Stony Brook, NY 11794
United States

Prof. Nicole Sampson


Phone: 631-632-7952
Fax: 631-632-7960

Katherine Hughes


Phone: 631-632-7886

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Chemistry Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 25
    • Doctoral Degrees 29
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


34% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 402
    • Accepted 113
    • Acceptance Rate 34
    • Enrolled 35
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $100
    • Application Fee - International $100
    • Electronic applications accepted? Not Reported
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 15th Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 1st Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & Fees$4,685
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students185
    • Female Percentage49%
    • Male Percentage51%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students185
    • Part-time Percentage2%
    • Full-time Percentage98%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino7%
    • Black / African American11%
    • White / Caucasian59%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian17%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown6%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty43
    • Full-time Percentage93%
    • Part-time Percentage7%
    • Female Percentage23%
    • Male Percentage77%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchChemistry, bioimaging, chemical sciences, organic chemistry, spectroscopy, nanostructured materials
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$10,674,681