Master of Science in Chemistry
Dr. Gerald Lesley (left) and Dr. Sandra Holley, former Dean of the School of Graduate Studies (right) participate in the hooding ceremony for graduate Lenora Toscano (center) at Graduate Commencement.
Graduate Program Coordinator
Dr. Ericka C. Barnes
Telephone: (203) 392-6267
For information on our Graduate Program, please contact or make an appointment with the Graduate Program Coordinator, or view the Department of Chemistry Graduate Student Handbook, or visit the School of Graduate Studies Open House (click here for info). Below is a summary of our Graduate Program.
Master of Science Degree in Chemistry
The Master of Science program in chemistry offers students the opportunity to complete graduate studies in analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, environmental chemistry, organic chemistry, or physical chemistry. Course work in the program, except in unusual circumstances, cannot begin until the student has an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher. The Master of Science degree in chemistry requires completion of a total of 30 credits (or approximately 10 courses) with a "B" or better average. Of the required courses, upto two courses may be undergraduate chemistry courses (must be at the 300 or above level) and upto two courses may be graduate courses in related areas (e.g., computer science, physics, biology, etc.). However, not more than three courses or 9 credits may be from non-graduate chemistry courses. In addition, two courses may be transferred from another University. All requirements must be completed within a six-year period. There are three tracks for the Master of Science degree in Chemistry: thesis track, comprehensive exam track, and the professional science masters track. No matter which track is taken, all students in the program must complete the following six core courses with a "B" or better average.
Core courses are offered on a two-year rotating schedule. In addition, one or two elective courses are offered each semester, and topics vary according to a five-year rotating schedule.
(Click here to view the current 5 year graduate course schedule)
To view recent graduate course syllabi, click here.
Track A - Master's Thesis
In addition to the core courses (18 credits), Track A requires a thesis (12 credits). Students enroll in CHE 588 (Scientific Writing and Research Methods) and then must complete the Thesis Proposal (CHE 589) prior to beginning laboratory research. The thesis is based on experimental research acceptable to the department (CHE 590). Completion of the thesis is followed by a thesis defense (CHE 591).
Track B - Comprehensive Examination
In addition to the core courses, Track B requires an additional 12 graduate credits of elective coursework as well as successful passage of a comprehensive examination. The comprehensive examination consists of questions associated with the core courses and is held twice a year.
For the next scheduled comprehensive exam, please contact the graduate program coordinator.
A full listing of elective courses can be found in the Graduate Catalog and at this link.
Track C - Professional Science Masters
In addition to the core courses, the Comprehensive Exam Plan of Track C requires an additional 18 graduate credits of MBA coursework as well as successful
passage of a comprehensive examination. The comprehensive examination consists of
questions associated with the core courses and is held twice a year.
The required courses from the MBA program include:
MBA 500 - Management Process
MBA 502 - Statistical Decision Making
MBA 505 - Marketing Management
MBA 537 - Product Management
MBA 548 - Operations Management
MBA 551 - Business Ecological Sustainability