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Chemistry, M.S.

Minimum Totals for Graduation: 30 hours

Admission Requirements, Retention & Termination Standards

Admission Requirement Snapshot

GPA: 2.7 (and 2.7 in Chemistry)

Entrance Exam: GRE – General

Internat'l Application Deadline: July 1 (Fall), Oct.1 (Spring)

See Admission Requirement Details Below

Applicants for admission to the Chemistry M.S. program must be admitted initially to Graduate Studies. In addition to the Office of Research and Graduate Studies admission materials, the applicant must provide the GRE general exam scores and two to three letters of reference, and a Statement of Purpose. The statement should be one page describing your purpose and general plan for graduate study. The statement should include information about your future career plans, and past or current activities or achievements which are related to your proposed field of specialization including any research or teaching experience you may have had. Students from non-English speaking countries may be required to submit TOEFL scores. Upon submission of all required materials, the College forwards the materials to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry for admission recommendation. Final notice of admission comes from the Office of Research and Graduate Studies.

Applicants should have received a baccalaureate degree in chemistry, biochemistry, or related area, with a minimum grade point average of 2.7 overall and 2.7 in chemistry courses. Undergraduate coursework should include mathematics through calculus and one year of physics. Students with deficiencies in chemistry, mathematics, or physics may receive conditional admission. Regular admission is granted when those deficiencies are removed by completing coursework in addition to that required for the M.S. degree.

Financial support in the form of teaching and research assistantships is available. In order to receive full consideration for all scholarships and assistantships, completed applications and all transcripts, scores, and letters should be received by February 1 for fall semester admission and by October 1 for spring semester admission.

Full time students are required to attend and actively participate in all department seminars.

Satisfactory progress through the M.S. program involves maintaining a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in graduate courses, completion of a faculty directed program of research, and successful preparation and defense of a written thesis.

Program Requirements

Foundation Courses (9-10 hours)

Select three from the following:

CHM 511Advanced Analytical Chemistry


CHM 521Fundamentals of Biochemistry


CHM 531Advanced Inorganic Chemistry


CHM 541Intermediate Organic Chemistry


CHM 555Advanced Physical Chemistry


Note: Students are expected to show competency in all foundation areas at the undergraduate level. The Graduate Program Committee will determine any required foundation courses based on transcripts and placement exam performance (Chemistry department or American Chemical Society exams taken the week before the student's initial semester).

Required Courses (3 hours)

CHM 601Chemistry Seminar Presentations


CHM 602Scientific Writing in Chemistry


Electives (11-12 hours)

At least 6 credit hours must be earned in Chemistry courses at the 600 level. Electives must be approved by the Graduate Program Committee.

Thesis (6 hours)

CHM 798Thesis


Note: Arrangements for completion of the thesis requirements are worked out between the student, research director and thesis committee chair. For further information, the student may confer with the graduate program coordinator or the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Total: 30 semester hours