Graduate Program: Chemistry

Chemistry Graduate Program

Chemists study the reactivity, structure, and properties of atoms and molecules that comprise materials and very world in which we live. It is a fascinating subject that delves into the very bonds that make us human. The field of chemistry is crucial to areas such as plastics, medicine, electronics, cosmetics and forensics.

The Department of Chemistry offers a Master’s Degree in Chemistry designed to help students achieve their academic and career goals. The program is perfect for those who wish to earn a Ph.D. at another institute or who wish to advance their careers in an industrial setting.

Why Pitt State?

Students may choose from two options. The first is a traditional two-year program for those who have already completed their bachelor’s degree. The second option combines the bachelor’s and master’s degrees into a five-year program. This option is the perfect choice for students who wish to accelerate their studies and proceed directly into the workforce or a doctoral program.

Options available for the degree include:

    Option I: Thesis
        This option is designed to prepare students for a doctoral program, for advanced professional careers, or for students wanting to complete an in-depth research experience.

    Option II: Research Problem
        This option is designed to provide a research experience that can include a specific problem, creative and aesthetic efforts such as performances, exhibits, or creative programs, or an internship.

Career Options

Upon graduation you will be qualified for a variety of positions across multiple areas. Career opportunities for chemists vary but the demand continues to grow. Below is a sample of positions and places where qualified chemists are needed.

Typical Positions/Areas in Chemistry:

  • Research Scientist
  • Academic Professional Staff
  • Agricultural and Food Chemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical Technology
  • Chemical Professor
  • Environmental Protection
  • Health and Safety
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Oil and Petroleum
  • Paints, Pigments and Coatings
  • Personal Care Chemistry
  • Textile Chemistry
  • Water Chemistry

Internship and research opportunities

Chemistry students will have opportunities for research and/or internships with industrial partners in such as areas as:

  • Biochemistry
  • Surface Chemistry
  • Biomolecular Imaging
  • Conductive Polymers
  • Synthesis & Analytical
  • Computational Chemistry

Learn more about the Department of Chemistry

The department of Chemistry at Pittsburg State University employs 10 full time faculty and one adjunct faculty, and has a current enrolment of 100 undergraduate students and 25 master’s students. Students have access to modern equipment and well equipped labs including those at Pittsburg State's Tyler Polymer Research Center. Free tutorings is available to all students. Pittsburg State graduates enjoy an outstanding placement rate in professional health science programs such as pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-veterinary and many others.

The department offers seven different Bachelor of Science Degree programs and two different Master of Science Degree programs.  The department also offers two accelerated Master of Science programs in chemistry and polymer chemistry, where by, students are able to obtain their bachelor’s and master’s degrees within five years.


Students in the Chemistry program take a selection of classes that successfully prepare them for a career in a related field.

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