Master's of Science in Science

The Master's of Science in Science Degree earned through the Chemistry Department is for students interested in pursuing professional careers and advanced graduate work in chemistry and its allied fields. The objective of this program is to produce well-grounded graduates in the advanced concepts and techniques in chemistry. The program emphasizes a strong background in current areas of chemistry and chemical research. It requires chemistry elective courses and a research thesis based upon individual laboratory research in the field of chemistry. This component will expand the background and competency of the students in chemistry and advance their careers as scientists in the field. To this end, course study of students in this program is individually planned coupled with carefully directed laboratory or theoretical research programs. 

All applicants with a bachelor's degree in chemistry and a major GPA of 3.0 or better from an accredited institution are eligible for admission. In cases of deficiencies, candidates with a GPA of less than 3.0 and/or low GRE scores may be admitted on probationary status. Such candidates would be required to take and pass recommended courses with grades of B or better to remedy their deficiencies. The deficiency remediation must be completed within one academic year. The Department of Chemistry requires all entering graduate students to take proficiency examinations in Analytical, Biochemistry, Inorganic, Organic, and Physical Chemistry. Further information about applying for the graduate program can be found at the Graduate Studies website.

Candidates in this program shall be required to complete a total of 34 credit hours as follows: 21 credit hours of courses, 8 credit hours of research and 5 credit hours of seminar. During the first year, students must select a Master's Committee. This committee must consist of your research advisor plus at least three other faculty members in the field. All candidates must pass a written departmental comprehensive examination and complete a written thesis proposal. Upon approval of your proposal by the Master's Committee, the research project is carried out under the guidance of your research advisor and is a major part of the degree program. A written thesis on the completed project will be prepared and defended in an oral presentation. It is the responsibility of the student and his/her research advisor to notify the Graduate Dean at least two weeks prior regarding the time and place of the thesis defense.

Requirements for Master of Science in Science earned through the Chemistry Department - Click HERE for Course Descriptions

CHEM 531: Advanced Analytical Chemistry I 3
CHEM 541/603: Chemical Kinetics/Physical Chemistry 3
CHEM 551: Advanced Organic Chemistry  3
CHEM 561: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry  3
CHEM 581: Advanced Techniques in Chemistry 4
CHEM 788,789: Supervised Research in Chemistry  8
CHEM 790: Graduate Seminar  2
CHEM 797: Thesis Guidance  2
CHEM 799: Thesis Seminar  3
Additional advised course(s) from specialty area  3(4)

                                     TOTAL:                                                                                                   34 (35)    

As part of the commitment of the department to give complete education to the graduate students, it has been recommended that all graduate students in the program teach a minimum of 2 semesters. This requirement should be met early in the students' education, preferably before completion of the third semester of the program, to give them sufficient time for their research project in the latter semesters. Please see the section "Instructions for Graduate Assistants" for more information.

Complete information about the Master's program can be found in the Chemistry Graduate Handbook.