A chemistry master's degree tailored to aspiring college chemistry teachers

The M.A. degree emphasizes teaching college-level chemistry courses. Students prepare for teaching careers at community colleges and universities. Student tuition and stipends are typically supported by teaching or research assistantships.

Applying to the M.A. Program

Applications for admission to the Chemistry M.A. program are available through the College of Graduate Studies.

College of Graduate Studies
Central Michigan University
Foust Hall 100
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Office of International Affairs
Central Michigan University
Ronan Hall 330
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859, USA

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 chmgrad@cmich.edu.

To receive full consideration for financial support beginning in a fall semester, all application materials must be received no later than February 1.

M.A. Program Advisor
Dr. Gabriel Caruntu
Dow Science Complex 361

Program Requirements

Below is a representative list of requirements for the M.A. 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.A. degree. Review these program requirements with the graduate program advisor to plan your coursework.

Foundation Courses (0-10 hours)
  • CHM 511 - Advanced Analytical Chemistry 4(2-4)
  • CHM 531 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 3(3-0)
  • CHM 541 - Intermediate Organic Chemistry 3(3-0)
Electives (8-18 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.
Internship and Practicum (6 hours)
  • CHM 781 - Chemistry Teaching Practicum 2(Spec)
  • CHM 793 - Chemistry Teaching Internship 1-9(Spec)
Scholarship (6 hours)
  • CHM 794 - Experimentation in the Teaching of Chemistry 1-6(Spec)
  • CHM 511, 531, and 541 are required unless the student has taken the equivalent courses in an undergraduate program.

What's Next?

If you are a prospective M.A. student and would like more information about this program, please contact the department or the M.A. advisor (contact information is listed above), or view the College of Science & Engineering Education Programs website. 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 the College of Science & Engineering website, or set up a meeting with the M.A. program advisor.