Graduate programs

The Department of Chemistry offers graduate work leading to the following degrees: Master of Arts or Master of Science; Master of Arts in Teaching or Master of Science in Teaching (Science); Ph.D. in Chemistry.

The M.S. program is designed for the student who wishes to pursue a career as a professional chemist or a scientist in other allied disciplines. The program involves work in advanced courses with training in research techniques. An integral part of the program is the individual research project and thesis.

The M.A. program is designed for the student who wishes to obtain an advanced degree in chemistry, but for whom the time commitment of a traditional research degree (M.S.) is not feasible, this program involves advanced coursework and a literature project.

The M.A.T./M.S.T. is offered to provide scientific training for teachers in secondary schools. The program is composed of courses intended to increase the sophistication of the student in chemical principles and to acquaint the student with current techniques in teaching methods.

The program leading to the Ph.D. in Chemistry combines original research with advanced coursework in various disciplines of chemistry. Research foci in the department are biological chemistry, materials chemistry, and environmental chemistry. Students that complete the program are prepared to pursue careers in academic, industrial, or government research.

Admission Requirements

Chemistry M.A.

Chemistry M.S.

Chemistry M.A.T./M.S.T.

Chemistry Ph.D.

Chemistry M.S.

The MS in Chemistry consists of a combination of coursework, research, and thesis (an experimental or theoretical research project resulting in an original contribution to chemical knowledge). Candidates must complete a minimum of 45 approved graduate credits courses.

All students undertake a series of entrance examinations at the beginning of the program. These exams cover five areas of chemistry: organic, inorganic, analytical, physical, and biochemistry and exams in any three areas must be passed by the end of the first three academic terms of residence.

24 credits of formal graduate instruction must be chosen from substantive classes at the graduate level (CH 501-509 and CH 601-609 may not be applied to this requirement). Included in the required 24 credits of coursework, all students must complete a one term Scientific Communication course.

Each candidate for the MS degree in chemistry must complete a research project culminating in the preparation and defense of a thesis. Further details of all requirements are outlined in the Department of Chemistry’s Graduate Student Handbook.


Students need to complete (on their own timeline):

  • A minimum of 45 graduate-level credits
  • 24 credits of substantive coursework (graduate level: 510/610+) - up to 8 credits of which may be "approved" graduate-level classes outside Chemistry (e.g. Physics, Biology, System Science)
  • CH 510: Scientific Communication (1st year) – included in the 24 credits of graduate coursework
  • CH 501: Research (research credits are normally accrued in every term that the student is in the program)
  • 6-9 Credits of CH 503: Thesis