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Master's Degree in

Chemists study the reactivity, structure, and properties of atoms and molecules that comprise materials and the 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 of Science Degree with a Major 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 institution or who wish to advance their careers in an industrial setting.

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More about the Chemistry Master's Program

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.

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.

Potential 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

Additional information
for the School of Science and Mathematics

Catalog – see program guides