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. All requirements must be completed within a six-year period.
Track A - Masters Thesis
In addition to six elective graduate chemistry 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
Track B requires ten elective graduate chemistry courses as well as the successful passage of a comprehensive examination. The comprehensive examination consists of questions associated with the graduate chemistry courses and is held twice a year.
For the next scheduled comprehensive exam, please contact the graduate program coordinator.
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 six elective graduate chemistry courses and six MBA courses as well as the successful passage of a comprehensive examination. The comprehensive examination consists of questions associated with the graduate chemistry 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.