Arts and Sciences
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 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.

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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Eric Stroud came to Seton Hall to create a repellent that would help save the endangered species.


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
Michael Dooney, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Graduate Academic Affairs
(973) 275-2155

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