Ph.D. Programs

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Ph.D. Degrees in STEM disciplines are granted by the Graduate Center of the City University of New York or jointly with The City College of New York for students conducting their dissertation research on our campus.

Research at CCNY

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Total number of countries that CCNY students represent


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Student stipend in addition to other forms of tuition and financial assistance

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Research Programs


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The Ph.D. Program in Biology enables students to acquire a fundamental grounding in the current life sciences as well as mastery of the knowledge and investigative approaches in their chosen area of specialization, including Cell and Molecular Biology, Neurobiology, Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior, or Plant Sciences.


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The Ph.D. Program in Biochemistry draws from fundamental chemical theory and research techniques as the basis for explorations into problems of biology. Students participate in research early in their graduate careers and engage actively in a broadly based seminar and colloquium program.


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The Ph.D. program in Chemistry offers specialization in analytical, inorganic, materials and nanotechnology, organic, physical, theoretical or polymer chemistry, and molecular biophysics.


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The Ph.D. Program in Earth and Environmental Sciences promotes teaching and research in the study of the Earth.  With faculty in atmospheric sciences, environmental sciences, geography and geology, the Earth and Environmental Sciences Program spans a broad array of subjects focusing on the Earth, its environments, human activities, and the linkages among them.

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The Mathematics program is designed to give students the background they will need to pursue careers as pure or applied mathematicians. Research areas include algebraic geometry, algorithms, combinatorics, complex analysis and Teichmuller theory, dynamics, group theory, Lie theory, logic, number theory, probability, Riemannian geometry and analysis, and topology.


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The Ph.D. Program in Physics provides students with opportunities to pursue original research along with a sound background in the fundamentals of physics. Students may choose a research specialization from the principal areas of modern theoretical and experimental physics.



Training Opportunities/Grants


IDEALS was established in 2016 with a $5M grant from the CREST Program of the National Science Foundation, designed to enhance the research capabilities of minority-serving institutions through the establishment of centers that effectively integrate education and research. Its aim is to address the national need for "accelerating the pace of discovery and deployment of advanced material systems" as stated in the Materials Genome Initiative.

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In this project, a group of 30 faculty members at The City College of New York will build on the success of a prior RISE program to offer coordinated, innovative, and rigorous Ph.D. training in biochemistry, biophysics, bioorganic chemistry, (biomedical and chemical) engineering, and neuroscience.

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The Center’s research and training focus on all aspects of remote sensing including sensor development, satellite remote sensing, ground-based field measurements, data processing and analysis, modeling, and forecasting. The center is an outstanding example of collaboration among institutions to educate and train students in the field of environmental remote sensing by conducting research consistent with NOAA’s Science Goals and Missions. Recruitment and training focus on mentoring undergraduate, master's, and doctoral students into scientific and engineering disciplines in which they can specialize in remote sensing.

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Last Updated: 11/14/2023 09:54