Chemistry (M.S.)

Our program enables you to pursue your master's degree with a focus in biochemistry, organic, inorganic, analytical or physical chemistry.With this flexibility comes opportunity. You will be prepared to continue your scholarly pursuits and enter a Ph.D. program, or you can leverage your degree for professional growth.

Our 30-hour program is open to you if you graduated from an ACS-approved school. If you didn't — or if you majored in something other than chemistry — we can still work with you to pursue your master's degree in our program.

Thoroughly grounded in practiced research, you will complete six to nine hours of thesis research. You also will have the opportunity to present your work to your colleagues and peers each year.

We offer teaching assistantships and supplemental research stipends on a competitive basis.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the chemistry program should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

  1. Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers
  3. A personal statement or résumé
  4. International students should submit official GRE and TOEFL test scores. (The GRE advanced chemistry subject test is recommended but not required.)

Additional requirements apply for international students.

Academic Requirements
Students holding an undergraduate chemistry degree from an ACS-approved course of study should be well prepared for the core courses of the program. Students with other science degrees such as biology or biochemistry, or students who performed poorly in specific undergraduate courses, may be required to take preparatory courses. Applicants should have earned a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.

Additional Information
Full-time students are admitted to the chemistry program during the fall term only. Part-time students may be accepted during the fall or spring terms. A thesis is required to complete the program. Graduate assistantships are available.

Academic Requirements

Program requirements can be found in the online Catalog. Simply select the area of study and click "Explore".

Frequently Asked Questions

Are teaching or research assistantships available?
The chemistry department awards teaching assistantships each year. Assistantships are competitive and require fluency in English. Duties include laboratory course instruction for typically two lab sections each  semester. Other duties may include stockroom attendant or instrument maintenance. Teaching stipends are $10,000 a year for a nine-month contract. Summer research stipends of $1,500 a summer are available through the University Research Council and are also competitive. Availability of research assistantships varies from year to year and is specific to the area of research.

What kinds of research projects are available?
The department offers challenging research projects in the broad areas of synthesis, biochemistry and materials chemistry.


Kevin Church, Ph.D.
Graduate Program Director

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