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Master of Science Degree in Chemistry

General Information

The Master of Science (M.S.) in chemistry is a research-based (thesis) degree providing in-depth training and coursework for students who:

    • Desire thorough preparation for continuation into a Ph.D. program at another institution


  • Desire to obtain the master's degree as preparation for advanced industrial or teaching careers.

The Department of Chemistry offers specialties in all major areas, including analytical, biochemical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, as well as chemical education. More details on specific faculty research projects can be found on the faculty research interests page.


Program of Study

The Master of Science in chemistry requires 30 semester hours of study, broken down according to the following:

Courses in chemistry (selected from these classes) 12-21 hours
Courses in related areas (biology, physics, math, etc.) 0-6 hours
Seminar presentation (CHM5001) 1 hour
Introduction to Graduate Chemical Research (CHM5002) 1 hour
Graduate Research (CHM5890) 5-7 hours
Graduate Thesis (CHM 5950) 3 hours

Admission into the graduate program requires a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 (or a 2.75 grade point average on the last 60 hours of graded academic course work). A minimum TOEFL score of 213 (or 550 for the paper-based version) is required by The Graduate School for international students.

Scores must also be submitted for the general GRE test by all applicants (but the chemistry GRE is not required). Additional details for admission procedures and requirements are available in the online graduate catalog.

NOTE: Students with undergraduate or graduate degrees in areas other than chemistry are eligible for admission with the understanding that one or more undergraduate courses (in analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry) may be necessary. This may add up to an additional two semesters to the time it takes to get your degree.

All incoming graduate students will be given a one-hour cumulative exam in each of the four areas of chemistry (analytical, inorganic, organic and physical). Performance on these exams is used to assess each student's need for undergraduate classes to improve his/her background preparation. Additional details on the entrance exam requirements are available here.


Financial Support

Graduate students may be supported by graduate teaching or research assistantships. Support from individual faculty research grants (which does not involve teaching) is also possible. Tuition is waived for graduate assistants. Please note that admission into the graduate program does not guarantee a graduate assistantship. Some international students may be supported with the International Students Scholarship through the International Programs Office.


**Important Information For New Graduate Students**

The four entrance exams for new students will be held Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008, at 10 a.m. and 1p.m. These two-hour exams will be given in room 4157 of the Physical Science Building.

A meeting with the graduate coordinator will be arranged for each student at some time Sunday to discuss the results of the entrance exams and to register for classes for the Spring 2008 semester. The time of each meeting will be determined Saturday afternoon.



For more information, please contact Department of Chemistry Graduate Coordinator Barbara A. Lawrence, Ph.D.

Dr. Barbara A. Lawrence Professor Physical 3460 581-2720