The Master in Science program in Chemistry provides students the opportunity to advance their knowledge of Chemistry beyond the undergraduate level. Having a Master’s degree also leads to more opportunities and better paying jobs in the field of Chemistry. For example, students with a Master degree can teach at the Community College level or seek supervisory positions in industry. Although not required, a student with a Master degree is also a more attractive applicant for Ph.D. and Medical programs. Our graduate program is well suited for students that are already employed full-time and are looking to advance their careers since our courses are generally offered in the evenings. The program also offers the opportunity to take winter and summer courses to graduate in a timelier manner.
The Thesis Track of the Master of Science program in Chemistry is a graduate program that offers students the opportunity to take six graduate courses in any area of Chemistry alongside four research courses (CHE 588, 589, 590, and 591) to complete a graduate thesis. A thesis proposal is required in the second semester of study, while a thesis and thesis defense are required in the final semester of study. The thesis advisor is secured prior to the start of the program. The student will do research under the supervision of the research advisor for approximately nine hours per week during a mutually agreed time. The Thesis Track prepares students well for a research career in industry or for further studies in a Ph.D. program.
Comprehensive Exam Track
The Comprehensive Exam Track of the Master of Science program in Chemistry is a graduate program that offers students the opportunity to complete ten graduate courses in any area of Chemistry. Students may also elect to take a research course as one of their ten courses without committing to doing a graduate thesis. A comprehensive exam is taken in the final semester of study to test the proficiency of the student in Chemistry. The Comprehensive Exam Track provides students an opportunity to broaden their knowledge of chemistry through coursework. This degree is ideal for students that are already employed in industry or wish to pursue a career in industry.
The Master in Science program in Chemistry has rolling admissions. Applicants must apply through the School of Graduate and Professional Studies. The minimum standards for admission include a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university with an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and the recommendation of the graduate program coordinator. Applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.50-2.99 may receive conditional acceptance. An undergraduate degree in chemistry is not a requirement for admission. However, the following undergraduate courses are required for entry into the program: General Chemistry I and II, Organic Chemistry I and II, Analytical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, and Physical Chemistry I. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA while in the program. Interested Applicants should contact the chemistry graduate coordinator to discuss the program and application process. For further information contact: ChemistryGrad@southernct.edu.