Discover the benefits and the advantages students gain in the Chemistry and Chemical Biology Program.


Due to the high number of students enrolled in the last couple of years, the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology will not be accepting students into the Ph.D. program for Fall 2015. This adjustment is necessary due to the recent high demand for participation in the program. These are exciting times for Northeastern, and for the department in particular, as we expand and grow. We look forward to re-opening Ph.D. admissions for Fall 2016 and continuing the recruitment of high-caliber students such as those who currently propel our research programs. We are still accepting applications to our Industrial PhD program. Please contact Carla Mattos, Graduate Coordinator, at for details.


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Academic and Research Excellence

  • Many of our faculty members are recipients of national and international awards
  • We are a top producer of chemistry M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Boston, and our graduate program ranks in the top 20 nationally for degree (M.S.) granting
  • We were selected as one of only four sites in the nation for an NSF-NIH interdisciplinary (IGERT) doctoral training program
  • We are home to a designated National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) research center
  • A strong focus on bioanalytical chemistry, medicinal chemistry, fuel cell research backed by >$20M of investments in past 3 years
  • Northeastern University is home to the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Proteome Research

Strong Ties to Local Chemical & Biomedical Industry

  • 100 year history as co-op school, with unrivalled ties to local biotech / pharma industry
  • An industry driven curriculum, with new programs including a unique co-op Ph.D.
  • A very strong alumni base in academia and industry
  • Our students are surrounded by industry employees both in the classroom and laboratories, facilitating rapid networking
  • Several corporate sponsored research & applications laboratories (Waters, Bruker)
  • A strong track record in commercialization of technology and entrepreneurship through our affiliated Barnett Institute

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A Student Focused Program

  • Competitive stipends and fellowships ($28k to $34k)
  • A vibrant corporate partnerships & networking program
  • Active Graduate Student Association
  • Sponsors extracurricular activities
  • Participates in departmental seminar and colloquium series
  • Representation on the graduate admissions committee
  • Assists incoming students with relocation, housing


  • Ideally positioned in the heart of the Biotechnology Supercluster and Medical Hub
  • Walking distance to Harvard Medical School teaching hospitals and research centers, e.g. New England Medical Center, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Beth-Israel Deaconess Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • Located in the Avenue of the Arts, inc. the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Huntington Theater
  • Served by numerous professional sports teams, including the New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, Boston Bruins, Boston Celtics
  • Located near downtown area of a historic and vibrant city

Carla Mattos
Professor, Graduate Coordinator

Cara Shockley
Graduate Administrator 

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