Graduate Program

Interested Further Study in Chemistry?

The Department of Chemistry offers the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Chemistry. The M.S. degree represents from one to two academic years of full-time study beyond an acceptable bachelor's degree. The candidate must complete a program of study approved by his or her major professor, the Department Head, and the Dean of the Graduate School.

A Master of Science (M.S.) in Chemistry with the following concentrations if offered:  

Admission Requirements:Each applicant must meet all entrance requirements of the Graduate School and be recommended by the Department’s Graduate Chemistry Curriculum Committee. In addition, each individual entering the program must hold a baccalaureate degree in Chemistry from an accredited College or University. Consideration will also be given to applicants from other fields with strong chemistry backgrounds. A satisfactory GRE score is required.

Degree Requirements:The department of Chemistry offers both thesis and non-thesis options in the master of science degree program. A minimum of 30 semester hours of approved courses is required for the M.S. degree under the thesis option, and a minimum of 35 semester hours is required under the non-thesis option. The students who choose the non-thesis option must pass a comprehensive examination (passing score 70% or above) taken no earlier than the term in which they complete their course work. Students interested in pursuing research careers in the academia, government or industry are highly encouraged to take the thesis option.

The M.S. (Thesis option) degree requires students to complete and defend a thesis based upon his or her research.

Program of Study:The degree candidate must file a program of study after completing at least nine semester hours of graduate study but no more than fifteen hours. The program of study lists the courses which will be used to satisfy degree requirements, as well as detailing how other requirements will be met. The student may later change the program of study with the written approval of the Department and the Graduate School.

Admission to Candidacy:The individual must file for admission to candidacy at the same time he or she submits the program of study. The candidate must have a grade point average of 3.0 or above to be eligible for admission to candidacy.

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