Master of Science (M.S.) in Science (Chemistry)
The Master's of Science in Science degree in Chemistry is for students interested in pursuing professional careers and advanced graduate work in chemistry and its allied fields. The objective of this program is to produce well-grounded graduates in the advanced concepts and techniques in chemistry. The program emphasizes a strong background in current areas of chemistry and chemical research. It requires chemistry elective courses and a research thesis based upon individual laboratory research in the field of chemistry. This component will expand the background and competency of the students in chemistry and advance their careers as scientists in the field. To this end, course study of students in this program is individually planned coupled with carefully directed laboratory or theoretical research programs.
The candidates for admission into this program are expected to be Chemistry graduates from accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or better. In cases of deficiencies, candidates with low GRE scores maybe admitted on probationary status. They would be expected to take and pass recommended courses to remedy their deficiencies. Further information about applying for the graduate program can be found at the Graduate Studies website.
Candidates in this program shall be required to complete a total of 33 credit hours as follows: 23 credit hours of courses, 8 credit hours of research and 2 credit hours of seminar. During the first year, students must select a Master's Committee. This committee must consist of your research advisor plus at least three other faculty members in the field. All candidates must pass a written departmental comprehensive examination and complete a written thesis proposal. Upon approval of your proposal by the Master's Committee, the research project is carried out under the guidance of your research advisor and is a major part of the degree program. A written thesis on the completed project will be prepared and defended in an oral presentation. It is the responsibility of the student and his/her research advisor to notify the Graduate Dean at least two weeks prior regarding the time and place of the thesis defense.