Program Description

The Chemistry master’s program provides students an opportunity to obtain advanced knowledge and skills in all areas of chemistry. In addition, the MA degree provides preparation and training in teaching college-level chemistry courses. Students prepare for teaching careers at community colleges and universities.

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 4-6 hours per week.

In addition to teaching laboratory classes, graduate students have the opportunity of teaching internships with faculty in technology-based lecture classrooms and in active-learning classrooms utilizing team project based instruction. They also may participate in seminars, workshops, and conferences presented by CMU's Office of Curriculum and Instructional Support. 

Admission Requirements

Admission to the MA Chemistry program requires:

  • A Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry, biochemistry, or a related area;
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.7;
  • Undergraduate coursework should include mathematics through calculus and one year of physics;
  • Official GRE scores;
  • Letters of recommendation from 2-3 people familiar with your academic abilities and suitability as a graduate student and teaching assistant.

Apply online at Deadlines for admission are February 1 to be considered for a teaching assistantship for fall semester, July 1 for regular fall admission, and October 1 for spring semester admission (Note: teaching assistantships for spring semester are limited). 

Graduation Requirements

Full time students are required to attend and actively participate in all department seminars. Satisfactory progress through the MA program involves maintaining a 3.0 GPA in all courses and the completion of a faculty directed research project in chemistry education. To graduate, students are required to take 30 graduate credit hours in the program in which 18 hours are advanced chemistry courses, including 10 hours of foundational chemistry courses (CHM 511, 531, and 541) and 8 hours of chemistry electives with at least 6 credit hours at the 600 level, and 12 credit hours in Teaching Practicum (CHM 781, 2 hours), Chemistry Teaching Internship (CHM 793, 4 hours), and Experimentation in the Teaching of Chemistry (CHM 794, 6 hours).

Career Outlook

For More Information

Bingbing Li, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Graduate Coordinator
Dow Science Complex 350