Curriculum Requirements

CHM 600 level or Higher18
CHM 779Chemistry Seminar2
CHM 785Introduction to Research2
CHM 810Master's Thesis8
Total Credit Hours30

Students must take 18 credits of formal lecture courses by the end of the spring semester of their first year. Of the 18 credit hours, 4 core courses totaling 12 credit hours should be taken by all graduate students.

  • The required number of credit hours in the chemistry seminars (CHM 779) and Introduction to Research  (CHM 785) must be taken in the first and second year.
  • The required number of credit hours in research (CHM 810) must be taken in the second year.
  • A dissertation based on research of a quality acceptable for publication in a recognized scientific journal must be completed before the end of the second year.

The M.S. degree may be earned with or without a thesis.

In order to complete a MS degree without thesis, an advanced comprehensive exam must be passed.

The exam is administered at the end of the second year in the program.