A chemistry master's degree focused on independent research
The Chemistry M.S. degree is a research degree with possible specializations in biochemistry, analytical, inorganic, organic, physical, polymer, and materials chemistry. Faculty members in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry work in all of these chemistry sub-disciplines. Please
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. The M.S. program prepares students for employment in the chemical industry and related industries or continued education in Ph.D. programs and other professional programs. Student tuition and stipends are typically supported by teaching or research assistantships.
Applying to the M.S. program
Applications for admission to the Chemistry M.S. program are available through the College of Graduate Studies.
In addition to the standard College of Graduate Studies admission requirements, you must submit scores for the General GRE. Also, you must arrange for 2-3 references familiar with your academic abilities and suitability as a graduate student and teaching assistant to send letters of recommendation to the College of Graduate Studies. Letters of support may also be emailed directly to
To receive full consideration for financial support beginning in a fall semester, all application materials must be received no later than
. M.S. Program Advisor
Dr. Gabriel Caruntu
Dow Science Complex 361
Below is a representative list of requirements for the M.S. program, which has a total of 30 credit hours. The complete, up-to-date program requirements and course descriptions are always available in the
online academic bulletin for the Chemistry M.S. degree. Review these program requirements with the graduate program advisor to plan your coursework.
Foundation Courses (9-10 hours)
Required Courses (3 hours)
- Select 3 of the following
- CHM 511 - Advanced Analytical Chemistry 4(2-4)
- CHM 521 - Fundamentals of Biochemistry 3(3-0)
- CHM 531 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 3(3-0)
- CHM 541 - Intermediate Organic Chemistry 3(3-0)
- CHM 555 - Advanced Physical Chemistry 3(3-0)
Electives (11-12 hours)
- CHM 601 - Chemistry Seminar Presentations 2(2-0)
- CHM 602 - Scientific Writing in Chemistry 1(1-0)
Thesis (6 hours)
- Sufficient 500 and 600 level advanced courses to meet the minimum 30 credit hour requirement. At least 6 credit hours must be earned in CHM courses at the 600 level. Electives must be approved by the Graduate Program Committee. A complete, up-to-date list of chemistry electives with course descriptions is always available in the online academic bulletin.
- CHM 798 - Thesis 1-6(Spec*)
*Arrangements for completion of the thesis requirements are worked out between the student, research director and thesis committee chair. For further information, the student may confer with the graduate program coordinator of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry.
- Students are expected to show competency in all foundation areas at the undergraduate level. The Graduate Program Committee will determine any required foundation courses based on transcripts and placement exam performance (Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry or American Chemical Society exams are taken the week before the student's initial semester).
What's Next ?
If you are a prospective M.S. student and would like more information about this program, please
contact the department or the M.S. program advisor (contact information is listed above). You can apply to this program following the instructions above.
If you are interested in other graduate programs offered by the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, click here.
If you are a current student and need information, please review the pages on this website or set up a meeting with the M.S. program advisor.