Chemistry, M.S.

Admissions Requirements

An applicant must have a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university. The applicant’s academic record must indicate adequate preparation for graduate study in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Generally, to be considered for admission, a student should have a minimum grade point average of 3.00 in the sciences on a 4.00 scale.  Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required for admission but are welcomed as supporting information and for additional award opportunities.   These guidelines are flexible, and slight deficiencies in one area can be compensated by strengths in another. In addition, applicants whose native language is not English must obtain a minimum score of 88 on the TOEFL exam or 7 on the IELTS exam.

Degree Requirements (30 Hours)


A candidate for the M.S. degree, while earning a minimum of 30 hours of course work beyond the baccalaureate degree, must complete the following:

Five 700-Level Courses

CHEM 701CHEM 790, CHEM 791, CHEM 898, and CHEM 899 may not be used to satisfy this requirement.

Two Semesters of Thesis Research

Course Title Credits
CHEM 790Introduction to Research3
CHEM 791Introduction to Research3
Total Credit Hours6

Present One Divisional Seminar

Course Title Credits
CHEM 701Seminar1
Total Credit Hours1

Six Hours (minimum) of the Following

Course Title Credits
CHEM 898Research in Chemistry II6
Total Credit Hours6

Note: Students must include additional hours on a program of study to total a minimum of 30 hours, with the guidance of an academic advisor. Students must also complete a Comprehensive Assessment.  The Comprehensive Assessment is a combined oral and written exam which consists of a description of the thesis research progress to date and future plans.  

Detailed departmental degree requirements are outlined in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry’s Graduate Student Handbook, which is available on the website.  An electronic copy can be requested from the graduate director.