Master of Science in Chemical Sciences (MSCB)

Master of Science in Chemical Sciences (MSCB) graduate degree program informational brochure

The MS in Chemical Sciences (MSCB) is a thesis-based program with tracks in Chemistry and Biochemistry. The MSCB offers a flexible curriculum, individually tailored to the student’s background and research interests. The program is 33-credit-hours of coursework with research opportunities in all areas of chemistry and biochemistry, from synthetic organic chemistry to enzymology. MSCB will prepare students to think in an interdisciplinary fashion about problems in chemistry, biochemistry and many other related areas of study. This program is designed to allow students to complete course work and thesis research within two academic years.

Adequately prepared applicants must demonstrate core competency as reflected by the record of undergraduate coursework in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics, with a degree focus in one of these areas. An applicant who is deemed deficient in one or two courses by the Admissions Committee may be admitted into the program under the condition that the missing undergraduate courses be taken in addition to the graduate program requirements; these will not count toward the degree and are not eligible for the tuition waver.

 April 1st is the application deadline for Fall semester.

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  • Common Core (18 Credit Hours)

    • CHEM 7000 - Research Skills and Ethics
    • CHEM 7100 - Graduate Seminar - Once credit hour each, taken twice
    • CHEM 7990 - Research for Master's Thesis (12 Credit Hours)
    • CHEM 7999 - Master's Thesis Defense

    Track and Individualized Course of Study Electives (15 Credit Hours)

    • CHEM 6430 - Advanced Topics in Organic Chemistry
    • CHEM 6510 - Advanced Topics in Biochemistry
    • CHEM 6620 - Advanced Topics in Physical Chemistry
    • CHEM 7300 - Synthetic Methods
    • CHEM 7500 - Chemical Biology
    • CHEM 7600 - Physical and Analytical Methods
      Advanced Topics/Other Cross-listed Course

    Program Total (33 Credit Hours)

  • Qualified students admitted to the program will be awarded a teaching assistantship, helping to instruct undergraduate students in general chemistry lab classes. This award includes a tuition waiver and a stipend of $12,000 for the first 10 months in the program. They will take graduate courses, attend seminars, and begin work with potential research mentors on projects that demonstrate the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary nature of inquiry in the chemical sciences. In the second year, students will work closely with their mentors on their thesis projects. 

    Successful candidates will have completed requirements for the bachelor degree in a college accredited by a recognized regional accrediting association within the U.S., or in an equivalent institution outside the U.S. (accredited by a recognized accrediting agency) that has been authorized to operate by their respective governments either as agencies of the government or as private (nongovernmental) organizations. Successful candidates will have taken the Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning sections on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Successful candidates will typically have a grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).