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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 

Required Courses

Programs of study must include the following core courses:

CHEM 584 Graduate Seminar
CHEM 585 Colloquium in Chemistry


The required coursework includes a minimum of four core courses chosen from the following core courses. Each of the four courses must be chosen from six different chemistry disciplines including analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, and polymer chemistry.

CHEM 455 Advanced Organic Chemistry or CHEM 530 Organic Reactions and Mechanisms
CHEM 500 Advanced Analytical Chemistry or CHEM505 Spectroscopic Methods I
CHEM 520 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry or CHEM 521 Structural Inorganic and Solid-State Chemistry
CHEM 550 Quantum Chemistry
CHEM 470 Introduction to Polymer Chemistry or CHEM 535 Polymer Synthesis
BIOL 504 Biochemistry Lectures


There are 15 course credit hours required by the chemistry program. The graduate college requires 20 course credit hours. The remainder of the program of study will be chosen in consultation with the student's advisor. Students can choose any of the elective courses in consultation with their academic advisor.