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master of science degree in chemistry

The Master of Science program in chemistry offers students the opportunity to complete graduate studies in analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, environmental chemistry, organic chemistry, or physical chemistry. Course work in the program, except in unusual circumstances, cannot begin until the student has an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher. The Master of Science degree in chemistry requires completion of a total of 30 credits (or approximately 10 courses) with a "B" or better average. Of the required courses, upto two courses may be undergraduate chemistry courses (must be at the 300 or above level) and upto two courses may be graduate courses in related areas (e.g., computer science, physics, biology, etc.). However, not more than three courses or 9 credits may be from non-graduate chemistry courses. In addition, two courses may be transferred from another University. All requirements must be completed within a six-year period. There are two tracks for the Master of Science degree in Chemistry: thesis track and comprehensive exam track. No matter which track is taken, all students in the program must complete the following six core courses with a "B" or better average. 

Core Courses:

  • CHE 500 - Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • CHE 520 - Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • CHE 532 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHE 540 - Advanced Analytical Chemistry
  • CHE 550 - Advanced Biochemistry
  • CHE 560 - Advanced Environmental Chemistry

Core courses are offered on a two-year rotating schedule. In addition, one or two elective courses are offered each semester, and topics vary according to a five-year rotating schedule. (Click here to view the current 5 year graduate course schedule)

Track A - Master's Thesis

In addition to the core courses (18 credits), Track A requires a thesis (12 credits). Students enroll in CHE 588 (Scientific Writing and Research Methods) and then must complete the Thesis Proposal (CHE 589) prior to beginning laboratory research. The thesis is based on experimental research acceptable to the department (CHE 590). Completion of the thesis is followed by a thesis defense (CHE 591). 

Thesis Courses

  • CHE 588 - Scientific Writing and Research Methods
  • CHE 589 - Thesis Proposal
  • CHE 590 - Thesis Research
  • CHE 591 - Thesis Defense

 Track B - Comprehensive Examination

In addition to the core courses, Track B requires an additional 12 graduate credits of elective coursework as well as successful passage of a comprehensive examination. The comprehensive examination consists of questions associated with the core courses and is held twice a year.For the next scheduled comprehensive exam, please contact the graduate program coordinator. 

Elective Courses

A full listing of elective courses can be found in the Graduate Catalog and at this link. 

Graduate Program Coordinator

Dr. Ericka Barnes                                                                            
Telephone: (203)-392-6267                                                                         

For information on our Graduate Program, please view the Department of Chemistry Graduate Student Handbook or visit the School of Graduate Studies Open House (click here for info).