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Master of Chemistry in Analytical Chemistry

Illinois Institute of Technology offer a master's degree in Analytical Chemistry that can be completed almost entirely online. This is a non-thesis degree designed for chemists working in business, industry, education, government, military and non-profit agencies. It is for chemists who wish to become more effective leaders in the workplace by enhancing their graduate education with a focus on business and industry.

This professional science master's degree provides students with a solid foundation in sample preparation, separation science, spectroscopy, and method development. The curriculum includes courses essential for a scientific career in the business world: communication, statistics, industrial leadership, and business principles. Skill in these areas will help students be more competitive in today's job market.

One of the great advantages of IIT's program is that all of the courses in the curriculum may be taken online, and the average time to completion is only 2.5 years of part-time study. To earn the degree, students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 33 credit hours while maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.0, and pass a final oral comprehensive exam administered on campus.

If your career goals do not require a full master's degree, you may be interested in completing a certificate in Analytical Methods DevelopmentAnalytical SpectroscopyChromatography, or Regulatory Science. The courses in these certificate programs are all graduate level courses belonging to the analytical chemistry professional science master's degree curriculum.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission, applicants must have completed two semesters of organic chemistry, one semester of analytical or quantitative chemistry, one semester of physical chemistry, and one semester of calculus. Strong preference is given to applicants who have work experience in a chemistry-related field.

Domestic students are required to hold a bachelor's degree in science or engineering with a GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 from an accredited U.S. institution of higher education. International students are required to hold a four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA equivalent to a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. All applicants must submit their transcripts, two letters of recommendation, an application fee, and a professional statement. Applicants for spring 2014 and beyond will be required to submit a resume no longer than two pages in length. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for all international students, domestic students with an undergraduate GPA between 2.5 and 3.0, or at the request of the admissions committee. The minimum score for admissions consideration is 300 [quantitative + verbal], 2.5 [analytical writing] on tests taken after August 1, 2011; 900 [quantitative + verbal], 2.5 analytical writing on tests taken before August 1, 2011. GRE scores older than five years are not admissible.

For more information on how to apply, please visit the Office of Graduate Admission. Note that International applicants must meet English Language requirements and submit financial support documents.

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Prerequisites

1 semester of calculus 1 semester physical chemistry
2 semesters of organic chemistry 1 semester of analytical or quantitative chemistry

Required Courses

CHEM 500 Advanced Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 505 Spectroscopic Methods I
CHEM 506 Sampling and Sample Preparation
CHEM 508 Analytical Methods Development
CHEM 509 Physical Methods of Characterization
CHEM 512 Spectroscopic Methods II
CHEM 513 Statistics for Analytical Chemists
CHEM 515 Gas Chromatography-Theory and Practice
CHEM 516 Liquid Chromatography-Theory and Practice

Elective Courses

Choose one of the following:
CHEM 542 Polymer Characterization and Analysis
CHEM 543 Analytical Chemistry in Pharmaceutical Laboratories
CHEM 544 Colloids and Colloid Analysis

Professional Courses

Choose two of the following:
SCI 511 Project Management
COM 523 Communicating Science or SCI 522 Public Engagement for Scientists
INTM 511 Industrial Leadership

Certificates

Program Administration

Program Director
Diep Nguyen, Ph.D. - Industry Professor
Department of Biological and Chemical Sciences
Illinois Institute of Technology
Life Sciences 148B, 3101 S. Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60616
tel: 312.567.8924
fax: 312.567.3494
email: nguyen@iit.edu

Director, Professional Master's Programs
Elizabeth Friedman, Ph.D.
College of Science
Illinois Institute of Technology
Engineering 1 Suite 234, 10 W. 32nd St., Chicago, IL 60616
tel: 312.567.7973
fax: 312.567.3802
email: friedman@iit.edu

Advisory Board

Brian Leaf
Director of Analytical R&D, Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Edward E. Remsen, Ph.D.
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Bradley University

Mark M. Morrison, Ph.D.
Scientist, Sherwin Williams Co.

Gregory K. Webster, Ph.D., MBA
Section Manager, Global Analytical R&D, Abbott Laboratories

David Boldridge, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist, Cabot Microelectronics Corp.

 

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