Master of Sciences in Chemistry

University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Program Description

Master of Sciences in Chemistry

University of Colorado Colorado Springs

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers a program leading to the degree of Master of Sciences (M.Sc.) degree in Chemistry. The following focus areas are available:

  • analytical chemistry
  • biochemistry
  • inorganic chemistry
  • organic chemistry
  • physical chemistry


Guaranteed Admission

A student who is in his or her final semester studying toward the B.A./B.S. in Chemistry or Biochemistry at UCCS or is within one year of graduation is guaranteed admission to the M.Sc. program, if he or she satisfies all of the following criteria:

  • Has completed a minimum of 45 credits at UCCS at the time of graduation.
  • Has a minimum grade point average of 3.20.
  • Has two letters of recommendation from faculty members in Chemistry or Biochemistry.

Regular Admission

Regular admission to the M.Sc. program requires that the student meets the following requirements:

  • Has attained a Bachelor's degree in chemistry or biochemistry from an accredited College or University.
  • Has an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.00
  • Has a combined GRE percentile score of 50th percentile or higher

Applicants must complete the online Graduate School application and include four letters of recommendation, one official transcript from each college or university attended, and pay a non-refundable $60 application fee.

International students must also meet Graduate School requirements for the TOEFL or IELTS exams.

Provisional Admission

Students who meet all of the requirements for regular admission listed above, but who have a GPA between 2.75 and 3.00 may be considered for provisional admission. Program faculty may assign course work and/or examinations that must be taken to make up deficiencies. When the conditions for regular status are met, the program director will reclassify the student to regular status. Each candidate is evaluated individually for provisional admission.


  • Up to 12 hours of coursework with a grade of “B” or better and earned at UCCS may be requested for transfer into the M.Sc. program. These credit hours are computed into the student’s graduate GPA.
  • Up to 9 hours of coursework with a grade of “B” or better and completed at an institution other than UCCS may be requested for transfer. This request may be submitted only after completion of 9 hours of coursework as a regular admission student into the M.Sc. program. These credit hours are not computed into the student’s graduate GPA.
  • Courses applied to a graduate degree elsewhere or within the CU System may be transferred for M.Sc. credit with permission of the chemistry faculty.


The student should choose a research mentor and complete a Plan of Study in consultation with the Program Director by the end of his or her first semester of residence. Near the end of a student's program, a thesis committee will be chosen. The committee will also administer the thesis examination required for the MSc degree.


  • 15 hours of coursework, which must be taken at the 5000-level or above (Normally, this includes five 5000-level chemistry courses or four 5000-level chemistry courses and one 5000-level course from another department.)
  • At least 9 hours of Chemistry Research – Graduate (CHEM 5904)
  • 6 hours of thesis (CHEM 7000)
  • Thesis defense exam (open to the public)
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 26, 2016
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This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2016
18 - 72 months
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Start date Sept. 2016
USA Colorado Springs, Colorado
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