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Master of Chemistry in Materials Chemistry with a Concentration in Inorganic, Organic, or Polymeric Materials

Illinois Institute of Technology offers a master's degree in Materials Chemistry that can be completed almost entirely online. This is a part-time, 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 program will broaden your background in synthesis and characterization of materials. The curriculum combines modern materials design and synthesis strategies with innovative characterization techniques, computational and simulation methods, and the study of chemical systems and their properties. In addition, you can gain a professional advantage by taking courses in business principles, science communication, and intellectual property management. You will also have the option of taking statistics for chemists and environmental regulations and risk assessment.

The master's program in materials chemistry offers considerable flexibility by allowing you to tailor the suggested curriculum to your specific needs, offering the option of concentrating in organic, inorganic, or polymer materials. The courses are all available online and you should be able to complete the degree in 2.5 years of part-time study. A minimum of 32 credit hours and a passing grade on a comprehensive exam are required for graduation. Use the links below to view the list of required courses and electives. The numbers in parentheses indicate the number of credit hours per course.

To be considered for the program, you must have a bachelor's degree (ideally in science or engineering), with at least two semesters of organic chemistry and two semesters of calculus. Work experience in any chemistry-related field is highly recommended. The program director will assist you in determining whether any prerequisites are necessary before starting the program. A graduate certificate program is an option for those students not seeking a master's degree.





To be considered for admission, applicants must have completed two semesters of organic chemistry and two semesters of calculus.

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 have the option 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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Program Requirements 

Required Courses

Students must successfully complete all 8 required courses, earning a "C" or higher in each course while maintaining a minimum grade point average of 3.0/4.0 ("B" average). Courses for which students have received a failing grade, "E", do not count toward degree fulfillment and must be repeated.

To earn the degree, students must pass a comprehensive exam. Students are eligible to take this exam with permission of the program director.

CHEM 454 Chemical Modeling and Simulation (3)
CHEM 505 Spectroscopic Methods I (3)
CHEM 509 Physical Methods of Characterization (3)
CHEM 521 Structural Inorganic and Materials Chemistry (3)
CHEM 522 Efficient Chemical and Materials Synthesis (3)
CHEM 524 Intellectual Property Management (2)
SCI 511 Project Management (3)
COM 523 Communicating Science (3) or SCI 522 Public Engagement for Scientists (3)

Elective Courses

Choose three from the list below:

CHEM 530 Organic Reactions and Mechanisms (3)
CHEM 531 Tactics in Organic Synthesis (3)
CHEM 535 Polymer Synthesis (3)
CHEM 470 Introduction to Polymers (3)
CHEM 542 Polymer Characterization and Analysis (3)
PHYS 431 Nanoscience (3)
CHEM 513 Statistics for Chemists (3)
ENVE 545 Environmental Regulations and Risk Assessment (3)


2 semesters of calculus
2 semesters of organic chemistry


Program Contact 


Program Director
M. Ishaque Khan, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Chemistry
Illinois Institute of Technology
Life Sciences 204, 3101 S. Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60616
tel: 312.567.3431
fax: 312.567.3494

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

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