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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 


A minimum of 32 credit hours is required for the Master of Science in Chemistry. Students seeking the Master of Science degree must pass the written M.S. Comprehensive Examination in their area of specialization:

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

The student must also write a thesis based on original research and defend it before the M.S. thesis committee. The thesis and oral defense should be completed before the end of student's third year.

Required Courses

Programs of study must include the following core courses:

CHEM 584 Graduate Seminar in Chemistry
CHEM 585 Chemistry Colloquium

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

CHEM 455 Advanced Organic Chemistry or CHEM 530 Organic Reactions and Mechanisms
CHEM 500 Advanced Analytical Chemistry or CHEM 505 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 in 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.