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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)


Seton Hall is a state-of-the-art research and teaching center, strongly committed to scientific discovery — just stop into McNulty Hall ($35 million went into updating its facilities) and see for yourself. Our doctoral students rave about the innovative facilities where they learn from some of chemistry’s brightest minds and work beside them in cutting-edge STEM-designated research programs. The research opportunities extend to our neighbors, too. The department is committed to collaborative research with other institutions, particularly the chemical industry in northern New Jersey.

The Ph.D. in Chemistry program at Seton Hall University offers a flexible part-time option and boasts strong corporate partnerships with companies like Bristol Myers Squibb. These partnerships provide chemistry program students with valuable industry connections and research opportunities. Collaborations and research experiences with faculty prepare chemistry Ph.D. program students for successful careers in academia and industry.

What Can You Do With a Ph.D. in Chemistry?

With a Ph.D. in Chemistry, you are positioned at the forefront of chemical innovation and research, ready to spearhead groundbreaking projects and studies. In New Jersey, which boasts a rich history of collaboration between academia and the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, Ph.D. holders can drive advancements in drug development, materials science, and environmental solutions. Engaging in cross-industry partnerships, they might lead teams in pharmaceutical companies, offer consultancy based on cutting-edge research, or collaborate with established chemical firms to develop novel products. Furthermore, a Ph.D. in Chemistry provides the credibility and expertise to influence policy, establish startups, or even shape educational curriculums, leveraging New Jersey's vibrant industrial ecosystem to bridge academic knowledge with practical applications.

By the Numbers

  • 1 First Doctoral Degree Seton Hall Offered (in 1965)
  • 46 Average Number of Students Enrolled in Program
  • 4 Research Centers
  • 15 Papers Published by Faculty Members Last Year
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Doctoral students complete a dissertation and 70 credits, spread across research, course work and seminars. Choose from courses in analytical, organic, physical, inorganic and biochemistry, including Chemical Kinetics, Quantum Chemistry and Proteins. In your final year, you’ll present a full seminar on your research contributions. Students who enter the program with an M.S. must complete at least 40 additional credits to earn their Ph.D.

Faculty Listing

The faculty of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry form a thriving community that reaches out to other institutions, particularly the chemical industry in northern New Jersey, and are strongly committed to collaborative research. All faculty members lead research programs in cutting-edge areas, such as gas and liquid chromatography, chemical modification of surfaces, atomistic simulation of thin films, interfaces and biomolecules, properties of polymetallic complexes, biophysics of nucleic acids, lipid and membrane protein dynamics, synthetic routes for dendritic polymers, carbohydrate synthesis and advanced catalytic materials.

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James Hanson
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
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Stephen Kelty
Professor and Department Chair
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Our Graduate Programs

The College of Arts and Sciences is dedicated to providing graduate programs to educate the professionals, scientists, educators and leaders of the future. Our goal is to impart the skills and knowledge that graduate students need to develop and follow successful career paths and to prepare them to contribute meaningfully to society through service and/or the advancement of knowledge. We believe that an education grounded in the principles of liberal arts and dedicated to societal advancement through research and interdisciplinary studies is the best instrument for producing well-rounded citizens with intentions that are both personally fulfilling and noble.

Contact Us

  • James Hanson, Ph.D.
  • Director of Graduate Studies
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • (973) 761-9036
  • [email protected]
  • Michael Dooney, Ph.D.
  • Associate Dean for Graduate Academic Affairs
  • (973) 275-2155
  • [email protected]

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