M.S. Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers a program of study leading to a Master of Science degree in Chemistry. To be admitted to this program you must meet the general admissions requirements of the College of Graduate Studies as well as the requirements of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Earning a master’s degree in chemistry can expand your professional options as well as qualify you for leadership roles and highly-valued specializations. This can raise your earning power and place you on the front lines of a field brimming with innovation.

Chemistry masters can go into fields such as engineering, medical science, pharmacology, environmental science, food science, and much more. An M.S. degree in chemistry is often used as a stepping stone toward achieving higher career goals.


Degree Options


With the more versatile thesis option (lasting about 24 months) you explore laboratory and instrumentation-based research. You will gain the confidence to perform laboratory work and likely present your results at National/International conferences.

With a thesis based Master's degree, you will position yourself to further your career in research and development and/or advance you career as a chemist in industry.

Note that thesis should be submitted to the Departmental Committee three weeks PRIOR to the Graduate Office deadline.


In the non-thesis option (also lasting about 24 months), you develop course work knowledge required for non-laboratory careers such as patent officer, high school teacher or even computer database officer.

Chemistry Lab

For information about program requirements contact Dr. Paul Bernazanni, Graduate Advisor.


Important Forms

  • PRAD Form: Prospective Research Advisor Discussion
  • TRAA Form: Thesis Research Advisor Agreement
  • G2 Form: Application for Admission to Candidacy