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Master of Sciences in Chemistry


M.S. Degree with a Major in Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry offers a program of study leading to the M.S. degree with concentrations available in the following areas of chemistry: analytical chemistry, biochemistry, chemistry education, inorganic chemistry, materials chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry. 

Degree Requirements
A minimum of 35 semester hours of credit is required for the MS degree. Chemistry 6975, 6980, 6981, and 6982 are required of all students.  Additionally, 9 to 15 semester hours of content courses are required, depending upon performance in placement exams.  A minimum of 9 hours of 6990 is also required for the degree.  Teaching assistants must register each semester for Chemistry 6976, 6977 or 6978 as assigned by the Department Chairperson.  For graduation, the student must achieve a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher in chemistry and must complete an acceptable thesis.
Content courses are those with specialized chemistry content, including the advanced and special-topics courses in the chemistry divisions. Fifteen s.h. of content courses are required, at least nine s.h. of which must be at the 6900 level. These and the electives (which may include additional credits in Chem 6990) are chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor.

Curriculum for Master of Science in Chemistry

Admission Requirements
In addition to the minimum requirements of the School of Graduate Studies, an applicant for admission to the M.S. degree program in the Department of Chemistry must present an undergraduate major in chemistry or the equivalent.  Ordinarily, this entails the completion of at least a year's study of organic chemistry and a semester of physical chemistry.  In those cases where the undergraduate preparation is slightly deficient, the applicant may be admitted with provisional status with the approval of the Chair of the department and the Graduate Dean.

Admissions Information



Any student without a BA or BS in chemistry or biochemistry must take the subject GRE in chemistry or biochemistry.



Please note that even if you are not submitting an application for a graduate assistantship, all applicants to the Graduate Program in the Department of Chemistry are also required to submit three (3) letters of recommendation and responses to the four personal statements that are requested on the application form for a graduate assistantship.

The required form for the letter of recommendation is found at the following website:


Instructions for the personal statements:

“Prepare the four statements called for below. Normally each statement should be no longer than one page, typewritten and double-spaced. Attach this form to your statements and submit the packet to the Graduate Studies Office.

1. Describe your academic background. Include institutions attended and dates, beginning with high school and proceeding in chronological order. Indicate major and minor(s) in college study, any honors attained or special activities engaged in, and degrees, titles or certificates earned.
2. Describe your employment experience in chronological order, including name and location of employer, kinds of positions held, and responsibilities involved.
3. Describe as specifically as you can any academic background and/or employment experience that would qualify you for either a research or teaching assistantship position. If you have an interest in a specialized field within your major department (e.g., electromagnetic fields in Electrical Engineering, Latin American history in History, etc.) please describe.
4. Describe your purpose in working for a master's degree, including your "occupational plans and goals.”

For further information, contact Dr. Sherri R. Lovelace-Cameron, Graduate Program Director for Chemistry, or the School of Graduate Studies, whose site provides an admission application form in pdf format, or fill out an online request for information.

Applicants who intend to maintain full-time status may apply for a Graduate Assistantship. Assistants are typically assigned teaching duties in undergraduate laboratories and recitation sessions.  Assistantship application forms are available from the School of Graduate Studies. Since the M.S. degree program in chemistry is intended to be completed in four (4) semesters for full-time students, graduate assistantship support will normally be provided only for this period of time.  Additional assistantship support may be provided beyond four (4) semesters, but will be limited to exceptional situations having extenuating circumstances and if sufficient funds are available. 

Revised:  February 3, 2016

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