Boston College

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences



McGuinn Hall

McGuinn Hall 221

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

Welcome to the Chemistry Department at Boston College. We hope that you will take this opportunity to learn more about our dynamic research community. Our department is made up of nearly 200 scientists studying all phases of contemporary chemical science, including many interdisciplinary areas interfacing with the fields of biology, medicine, physics and materials science. Over 100 graduate students, 40 undergraduate majors and 25 postdoctoral fellows work hand in hand with approximately 20 internationally recognized and acclaimed faculty members advancing the frontiers of chemistry. In addition, we host a diverse seminar series that brings outstanding visiting scientists from around the world to the department annually for formal and informal interactions with all members of the department. Recent achievements of the scientists in the Chemistry Department reflect the exciting research culture we enjoy. In the last year, over 100 research papers were published by BC chemists in internationally recognized journals, and the overwhelming majority of these papers were co-authored by our graduate students. Boston College is especially proud to be ranked among the top university chemistry departments worldwide with respect to the impact that the scientific publications of its faculty and students have on the frontiers of research, as measured by the number of citations per paper over the period 1995-2006. Each year, we celebrate the accomplishments of our students with our Graduate Student Research Symposium, a daylong event featuring seminars and poster presentations by our graduate student colleagues. Many of our graduate students have obtained prestigious fellowships, including those sponsored by the American Chemical Society, the Department of Education, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, NASA and the pharmaceutical industry. In addition, graduates of the department have gone on to assume positions of scientific leadership in private industry as well as in some of the finest academic institutions in the world. For a genuine appreciation of the exciting atmosphere of the department and the outstanding facilities that provide the setting for our research, we strongly encourage you to visit us both through our website and its links, and in person. We would be happy to arrange individual meetings with faculty and students so that you can get a firsthand sense of the vibrant scientific environment of our department. For more information please e-mail us at



International Student Requirements:


Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999