Master of Science in Chemistry

Whether you’re interested in how chemistry affects the environment, applications of chemistry to biology and medicine, or the biochemistry of cancer and its treatments, this advanced degree can open the door to a great career. 

The objective of our graduate program is to provide an experience that meets the educational goals of the individual student while providing opportunities for research in traditional and interdisciplinary areas of chemistry. We prepare you for careers in industry and teaching, as well as for post-graduate and professional programs at other institutions.

The MS degree requires at least 32 credit hours and the completion of a thesis based on original research. 

You can find more information on our degree focus areas by visiting our faculty.

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Application deadlines are March 1st for the following fall semester, and October 1st for the following spring semester,

Emphases  

MS Chemistry:

A thesis-based Master's degree with research opportunities in Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Education, Environmental Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Physical Chemistry.

MS Chemistry: Emphasis in Carcinogenisis and Cancer Chemotherapy

Cancer is currently the leading cause of death in people under age 85 the United States.

The American Cancer Society estimates that nearly half of all men and a little over one third of all women in the US will develop cancer during their lifetimes. 

This degree is designed for you if you’re interested in learning about cancer and its causes and treatments from a chemical perspective.  

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Coursework

Courses focus on the areas of:

  • biochemistry
  • toxicology
  • cancer biology
Research

 Research opportunities include:

  • environmental and metal-induced carcinogenesis
  • protein biochemistry
  • drug discovery and development
Learning objectives

Through this degree, you’ll learn to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of basic and advanced chemical principles
  • develop skills necessary to collect, interpret, and critically analyze chemical data from laboratory experiments and the scientific literature
  • demonstrate efficiency in oral and written presentation of scientific concepts
  • be able to describe the processes by which cancer occurs and is prevented, diagnosed and treated
  • understand the toxic mechanisms of chemical and physical toxins and toxicants on organs, cells, and biological molecules and be able to relate those mechanisms to cancer and other diseases
  • recognize and understand the biochemical molecules and pathways that control cellular metabolism and that underlie human diseases

MS Chemistry: Emphasis in Bioorganic and Biomedical Chemistry

Drugs, medicines, and medical devices help people to live longer, healthier and more productive lives. 

Chemistry and chemical processes contribute to understanding the molecular basis of disease, as well as to drug discovery, synthesis, and testing. 

This degree might be for you if you’re interested in the principles of organic chemistry and biochemistry that serve as a foundation for the medical sciences.  

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Research

Research opportunities include:

  • organic and organometallic synthesis and drug discovery
  • analysis of protein/protein, drug/protein, and drug/nucleic acid interactions
  • development of biosensors
Learning objectives

Through this degree, you’ll learn to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of basic and advanced chemical principles
  • develop skills necessary to collect, interpret, and critically analyze chemical data from laboratory experiments and the scientific literature
  • demonstrate efficiency in oral and written presentation of scientific concepts
  • understand principles of mechanistic and synthetic organic chemistry
  • understand the physical chemistry underlying reaction mechanisms
  • recognize and understand the biochemical molecules and pathways that control cellular metabolism and that underlie human diseases
  • understand the basic principles of drug design

More information

For more information on all graduate emphases, visit the academic catalog or contact our graduate coordinator.