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Master of Science in Chemistry (MS)

Requirements for Admission to the Master of Science Program in Chemistry


Students who wish to be considered for admission to graduate study leading toward the Master of Science degree must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and have completed an undergraduate major or equivalent in chemistry, with an overall grade point average of at least 3.0.  International students must score at or above the following benchmarks on one of the English language exams:  TOEFL:  527.  iBT-TOEFL:  71, with no band below 16.  IELTS:  6.0, with no band less than 5.0.  In addition, students must meet the following minimum scores on the GRE exam:  140 verbal, 150 quantitative, 2.5 analytical writing.  In exceptional cases (such as extensive work or research experience), students falling slightly below one of the unconditional admission benchmarks may still be considered.  A bachelor of pharmacy degree is not sufficient for admission into the chemistry program.

Degree Requirements

Each candidate for the degree must complete a minimum of thirty semester hours of graduate credit. At least eighteen hours must be in courses numbered 600. Independent study is promoted by the requirement of six credit hours of thesis research and the resultant thesis.

The graduate coordinator will advise students until a research director is selected. Graduate students may select a research director after interviews with at least four faculty members. The student and his/her research director shall formulate a graduate committee consisting of three faculty members. The suggested committee roster is to be submitted to the dean for approval and formal appointment. The graduate committee may be formed near the end of the first semester. Non-thesis students will be advised throughout their program by the graduate coordinator. 

To enhance confidence and poise, each student is encouraged to participate in the departmental teaching program and is required to present seminars in specialty areas. For students who choose the thesis option, these will consist of one literature and one research seminar. Non-thesis students will be required to present two seminars.

In addition to the thesis and seminar requirements, all students must complete a core consisting of CHE 609, CHE 617, and CHE 681.  The remainder of the thirty hours may be selected from chemistry elective courses and approved courses in other departments.



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