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Master of Chemistry

The Master of Chemistry program is designed for students who are exploring whether graduate studies are a good fit for them. It offers the opportunity to work with a graduate advisor in selecting advanced courses in the core areas of chemistry as well as specialized courses in areas of particular interest to the student. There is no research component to the Master of Chemistry degree, and students must pass an oral comprehensive exam based on a literature article in their selected area of chemistry (analytical, biological, organic, inorganic, physical, or polymer chemistry). Students who find they enjoy the advanced study of chemistry, excel in their coursework, and are interested in research may apply for admission to the Master of Science or Doctorate program.


Admission Requirements

All degree applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited educational institution, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required. Applicants with a GPA less than 3.0 may be granted provisional admission.

  • Minimum GRE scores: 285 (quantitative + verbal) and 2.5 (analytical writing)
  • Minimum TOEFL score: 80 -or- Minimum IELTS score: 5.5, for international applicants.


  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymer Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry


Program Requirements 

  • 32 credit hours
  • Comprehensive examination

A minimum of 32 credit hours is required for the Master of Chemistry degree. A minimum of 20 credits of 500 level coursework is required with 15 credits required from the Chemistry disciplines. A maximum of 12 credits of 400 level coursework may be used to fulfill graduate study requirements. Students seeking the Master of Chemistry degree must pass a final oral comprehensive examination.

The Master of Chemistry is tailored to fit the student’s background and goals and is subject to approval at the time of filing of the Program of Study, when 9 credits earned or in-progress. 

Required Courses (27-28)

  • CHEM 526 Graduate Chemistry Laboratory (3)
  • CHEM 534 Advanced Spectroscopic Methods (4)
  • CHEM 584 Graduate Seminar (1)
  • CHEM 585 Chemistry Colloquium (1) (must be taken twice) 

AND four of the following core courses (12):

  • CHEM 455 Advanced Organic Chemistry (3)
  • CHEM 503 Survey of Analytical Chemistry (3)
  • CHEM 520 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3)
  • CHEM 535 Polymer Synthesis (3)
  • CHEM 550 Quantum Chemistry (3)
  • BIOL 504 Biochemistry (3)

AND two of the following professional development courses (5-6):

  • CHEM 524 Synthesis and Intellectual Property Management 
  • INTM 511 Industrial Leadership (3)
  • SCI 511 Project Management (3)
  • SCI 522 Public Engagement for Scientists (3)

Elective courses (4-5)

Select 4-5 credit hours in consultation with advisor.