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Master of Science in Chemistry

Each student's program is planned individually to meet the student's needs, interests and capabilities. The aim of this program is to develop chemists who are able to think creatively and critically. In recognition of the value of teaching experience in strengthening an individual's understanding of his or her field of study and as an aid in making career decisions, the department requires all full-time students to participate in instructional activities.

Each new graduate student is assigned a student adviser and must obtain the approval of the adviser each semester before registering for any graduate classes.


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

Program Requirements 


  • 32 credit hours
  • Comprehensive examination
  • Thesis and oral defense

A minimum of 32 credit hours is required for the Master of Science (M.S.) in 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 M.S. in Chemistry degree must pass the oral comprehensive examination by the end of the fourth semester in the program. Students must also register in 6-8 credits of research coursework numbered 591, write a thesis based on original research, and defend it before his or her M.S. thesis committee. The thesis and oral defense should be completed before the end of the 3rd year of academic study.

The M.S. program 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 are earned or in-progress. 

Required Courses (15)

  • 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)

Elective Courses (9-11)

Select 9-11 credit hours in consultation with advisor.

Thesis Research (6-8)

CHEM 591 Research and Thesis  (6-8)