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Master of Science in Chemistry

Your program will be individually planned to meet your needs, interests and capabilities. The aim of this program is to develop chemists who are able to think creatively and critically. The department requires all full–time students to participate in instructional activities. The value of teaching experience strengthens your understanding of your field of study, and aids in career decision making.

As a new graduate student, you will be assigned a student adviser. You must obtain the advisor's approval each semester before registering for any graduate classes.


Admission Requirements

To apply for the degree program, you 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.


A minimum of 32 credit hours is required for the Master of Science (M.S.) in Chemistry degree. A minimum of 20 credit hours of 500-level coursework is required with 15 credit hours required from the chemistry disciplines. A maximum of 12 credit hours of 400-level coursework may be used to fulfill graduate study requirements.

The M.S. Chemistry program is tailored to fit your background and goals. Two options are available: a thesis option, and a non-thesis option.

Thesis Option

If you are seeking the M.S. in Chemistry degree with the thesis option, you must register for six to eight credit hours of research coursework numbered CHEM 591, write a thesis based on original research, and defend it before a M.S. thesis committee. The thesis and oral defense should be completed before the end of the third year of academic study. You will fulfill your comprehensive examination requirement with a thesis defense.

Non-Thesis Option

If you are seeking the M.S. Chemistry non-thesis degree, you must pass an oral comprehensive examination by the end of the fourth semester of the program. The non-thesis program is intended to help you develop skills necessary in preparation for a career in the highly competitive chemical industry, education, and administration, among others.  It is also tailored for the IIT-Paris double degree program. The IIT-Paris program can be completed in one calendar year by taking classes in the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Program Requirements

View program requirements at Illinois Tech Graduate Catalog »