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Chemistry - M.S.

The Master of Science in Chemistry program provides advanced training for students who want to master the art of chemistry. With a curriculum that blends coursework and research, you'll develop the skills needed to excel in a wide range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, materials science, and environmental science. Our program also provides opportunities for interdisciplinary studies and research collaborations with faculty members.

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Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an improved knowledge of a specialization within chemistry.
  2. Plan and execute chemical experiments.
Admissions

For more information about graduate admissions, visit the graduate admission website. For more information on international admissions, visit the international admission website.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum 2.750 undergraduate GPA on a 4.000-point scale
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Goal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions to waive) by earning one of the following:1
    • Minimum 71 TOEFL iBT score
    • Minimum 6.0 IELTS score
    • Minimum 50 PTE score
    • Minimum 100 DET score
1

International applicants who do not meet the above test scores will not be considered for admission.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester
    • Priority deadline: December 15
  • Spring Semester
    • Priority deadline: September 15

Applications submitted by these deadlines will receive the strongest consideration for admission.

Coursework

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

Major Requirements
CHEM 60894COLLEGE TEACHING OF CHEMISTRY 1
Chemistry Electives 119
Chemistry Seminar Electives, choose from the following:2
CHEM 62191
SEMINAR: ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY
CHEM 62291
SEMINAR: BIOCHEMISTRY
CHEM 62391
SEMINAR: INORGANIC CHEMISTRY
CHEM 62491
SEMINAR: ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
CHEM 62591
SEMINAR: PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY
Chemistry Seminars in Development/Problem Solving Electives, choose from the following:2
CHEM 60291
SEMINAR: RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN BIOCHEMISTRY
CHEM 60391
SEMINAR: RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN INORGANIC CHEMISTRY
CHEM 60591
SEMINAR: RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY
CHEM 61191
SEMINAR: PROBLEM SOLVING IN ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY
CHEM 61491
SEMINAR: PROBLEM SOLVING IN ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
Culminating Requirement
CHEM 60199THESIS I 26
Minimum Total Credit Hours:30
1

Minimum 13 credit hours of graduate chemistry classroom courses are required; one of these courses must be outside the major area. At least half of the required credit hours must be taken at the 60000 level. The following courses may not be used to satisfy the requirements of the M.S. degree: CHEM 50166, CHEM 50266, CHEM 50366, CHEM 50466 and CHEM 50566.

2

A thesis presenting and interpreting the results of original research is required. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry considers research to be a fundamental part of the M.S. degree. Areas in which research may be carried out are analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and physical chemistry. The thesis must be successfully defended in an oral examination before the student’s advisory committee.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
- 3.000
  • Minimum 18 credit hours must be for graduate credit other than research and thesis.
  • No more than one-half of a graduate student’s coursework may be taken in 50000-level courses.
  • Grades below C are not counted toward completion of requirements for the degree.
Program Delivery
  • Delivery:
    • In person
  • Location:
    • Kent Campus

Examples of Possible Careers and Salaries for Chemistry - M.S.

Chemical technicians

2.8%

slower than the average

68,100

number of jobs

$49,820

potential earnings

Chemistry teachers, postsecondary

4.3%

about as fast as the average

26,400

number of jobs

$80,400

potential earnings

Chemistry teachers, postsecondary

4.3%

about as fast as the average

26,400

number of jobs

$80,400

potential earnings

Food scientists and technologists

4.4%

about as fast as the average

14,200

number of jobs

$73,450

potential earnings

Forensic science technicians

14.1%

much faster than the average

17,200

number of jobs

$60,590

potential earnings

Secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education

3.8%

about as fast as the average

1,050,800

number of jobs

$62,870

potential earnings

Project management specialists and business operations specialists, all other

5.9%

faster than the average

1,361,800

number of jobs

$77,420

potential earnings

Additional Careers
  • Quality control
  • Quality assurance
  • Technology transfer
  • Product development
  • Formulation
  • Research manager
Notice: Career Information Source
* Source of occupation titles and labor data comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook. Data comprises projected percent change in employment over the next 10 years; nation-wide employment numbers; and the yearly median wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less.

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