Illinois Tech’s Master of Science in Analytical Chemistry is a non-thesis master’s degree designed for professionals working in chemical industry, education, or government. The curriculum provides you with a solid foundation in separation science, spectroscopy, physical characterization, and method development. Our degree also emphasizes communication, industrial leadership, statistics, and business principles, which are essential for a scientific career in the business world.
You may complete all classes online, giving you the flexibility to complete the master’s degree while working full–time. As an option, you may take a one–week practical laboratory class in Chicago with Dr. Lee Polite, founder and president of Axion Analytical Labs.
Dr. Diep Nguyen (second from left) and Dr. Lee Polite (front center) and Illinois Tech professional master of science in analytical chemistry students.
To earn the master’s degree, you will complete 32 credit hours, which usually can be done remotely in 2.5 years of part–time study. In addition, you will complete a capstone project and take the final oral exam, which is administered on the Mies (Main) Campus in Chicago.
If your career goals do not require a full master's degree, you may be interested in completing a certificate in Analytical Methods Development, Analytical Spectroscopy, Chromatography, or Regulatory Science. The courses in these certificate programs are from the Master of Science in Analytical Chemistry curriculum. Visit our frequently asked questions to view program requirements.
Applicants are evaluated on an individual basis, but you are expected to hold a bachelor's degree in science or engineering and 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 if you have work experience in a chemistry–related field.
You are required to submit academic transcripts, two letters of recommendation, an application fee, and a professional statement. GRE scores are required for international students, domestic students with an undergraduate GPA between 2.5 and 3.0, or at the request of the admissions committee. The minimum GRE score for admissions consideration is 300 [quantitative + verbal] and 2.5 [analytical writing].