Polymer Chemistry
Master's Degree

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Pittsburg State University’s Department of Chemistry, together with the Plastics Engineering Technology Program and the Kansas Polymer Research Center, provides unprecedented bachelor's and master’s degree options for students in the midwest that enable students to enter the workforce as working polymer chemists in as little as four years.

The key to our program's success lies in its qualified faculty and small class size (average class size of 15), which ensures hands-on support and guidance. Our graduates enjoy a nearly 100% placement rate in groundbreaking careers or advanced degree programs.

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  • About Master's Program
  • Career Options

Students learn from highly-qualified professors in small classes (average class size is 15) in order to ensure hands-on support and guidance on state-of-the-art equipment. Upon graduation, students will be well-positioned for doctoral program acceptance or to enter the workforce.

Students may choose from two options. The first is a traditional two-year program for those who have already completed a 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.

Option available for the degree:

Thesis Option:
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.

Our graduates are prepared for a variety of careers in industry, academia, and government. Students earning a graduate degree will be well-positioned to be accepted into a doctoral program or enter the workforce. Polymer industries are among the largest employers in chemistry and materials science with high tech, high value jobs for science majors. Our graduates are qualified for a variety of jobs including:

  • Research Scientist
  • Synthetic Polymer Chemist
  • Materials Engineer/Scientist
  • Polymer Technician
  • many more

The median salary for chemists earning a graduate degree is $86,000, according to the American Chemical Society.

About Chemistry Department

The Only American Chemical Society Approved Department within 90 Miles of Pittsburg, Kansas

One of only three undergraduate programs in Polymer Chemistry in the U.S.A.

Pittsburg State University's Department of Chemistry prepares students for careers in science, chemical engineering, pharmacy, chemistry teaching, pre-engineering, and other university programs that require rigorous training in chemistry. It offers eight Bachelor of Science Degrees, two Master of Science Degrees, and one minor. 

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