Program Description

The Master of Science in Chemistry program provides students an opportunity to obtain advanced knowledge and skills in all areas of chemistry.  Specializations are possible in biochemistry and analytical, inorganic, organic, physical, polymer and materials chemistry. Students will have opportunities to apply their knowledge and skills to meaningful research projects, work in world-class facilities, and closely interact with distinguished professors. Chemistry faculty members conduct state-of-the-art research that is actively supported by federal funding agencies. Graduates can be employed in chemical industry or continue their education in doctoral and medical programs.

Research Opportunities and Assistantships

The chemistry and biochemistry department awards teaching assistantships along with full tuition support to graduate students who will teach laboratory classes four to six hours per week. Top applicants who did not study as an undergraduate at Central Michigan University are eligible to apply for the two-year College of Science and Engineering fellowship award. Students also have opportunities to be research assistants by working with professors supported on research grants. 

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program requires:

  • a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry, biochemistry or related area;
  • a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.7;
  • undergraduate course work that includes mathematics through calculus and one year of physics;
  • official GRE scores; and
  • letters of recommendation from two to three people familiar with your academic abilities and suitability as a graduate student and teaching assistant.

Apply online at Deadlines for admission are Feb. 1 to be considered for a teaching assistantship for fall semester, July 1 for regular fall admission, and Oct. 1 for spring semester admission.

Graduation Requirements

Full-time students are required to attend and actively participate in all department seminars. Satisfactory progress through the program involves maintaining a 3.0 GPA in all courses, completion of a faculty-directed program of research and successful preparation and defense of a written thesis. To graduate, students are required to take 30 graduate credit hours in the program, including nine to ten hours of foundational chemistry courses, three hours of scientific communication courses, 11 to 12 hours of elective courses with at least six credit hours at the 600 level, and six hours of thesis.    

Career Outlook

For More Information

Bingbing Li, Ph.D.
Associate professor
Graduate coordinator
Dow Science Complex 350