There are three tracks for the Master of Science degree in Chemistry: thesis track, comprehensive exam track, and the professional science masters (PSM) track. The thesis and comprehensive exam tracks require completion of a total of 30 credits, while the PSM track requires completion of a total of 36 credits. No matter which track is taken, all students in the program must complete the following six core courses with a "B" or better average. All requirements must be completed within a six-year period.
Track A - Masters 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 the 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.
Of the required four elective courses, at least one must be a graduate chemistry course (CHE 5xx). Up to two courses may be undergraduate chemistry courses (must be at the 300 or above level) and up to two courses may be graduate courses in related areas (e.g., computer science, physics, biology, etc.). In addition, two courses may be transferred from another University. A full listing of elective courses can be found in the Graduate Catalog. Please always consult with the graduate coordinator prior to registering for an elective course.
Track C - Professional Science Masters
See course catalog for requirements for these Track C plans:
- Comprehensive Exam Plan
- Comprehensive Exam Plan of Track C requires an additional 18 graduate credits of MBA coursework as well as the successful passage of a comprehensive examination. The comprehensive examination consists of questions associated with the core courses and is held twice a year.
- Thesis Plan
- Thesis Plan of Track C requires 15 graduate credits of MBA coursework as well as CHE 590 (Thesis Research) and 591 (Thesis Defense). A student must have a demonstrated ability and proven track record of preparing scientific documents such as a thesis, dissertation, or scientific publication in the American Chemical Society (ACS) style.
- Special Projects
- Special Projects Plan of Track C requires 12 graduate credits of MBA coursework as well as a six-credit joint capstone project (CHE 600) mentored by the Chemistry and Business Department faculty members. A written proposal/report in ACS style is required at the end of the first semester of CHE 600, while a written report in ACS style and oral defense are required at the end of the second semester of CHE 600.