MS in Chemistry
The Chemistry Department offers students the opportunity to study in the traditional areas of chemistry as well as in the growing interdisciplinary areas of biochemistry, environmental chemistry, and materials chemistry. Students work closely with their faculty mentor but have wide opportunities to interact with faculty in other disciplines including geology, physics, materials/mechanical engineering, and biology.
Students specialize in one area of chemistry, taking their courses, exams and performing research in that area.
Each student has a research adviser chosen by the student based on his or her research interests and the faculty member's availability of funding and space. This decision is typically made in the first year, though some students come to the University specifically to work with a given faculty member. This is a mutual decision and the student should have discussions with several faculties before an adviser is proposed. The selection of an adviser is an important decision since the adviser helps students with course selection and guides them in the development of a viable research program.
The department offers a number of graduate courses for students who wish to broaden their training in new areas. Several of these are available over the Internet and can be taken on a non-matriculated basis, so a student can decide later whether to ask for admission to the degree program.
Master of Science
Candidates for the MS degree in chemistry must demonstrate a general knowledge in the field and an ability to do original research in a specialized area of chemistry. While MS students need not take cumulative examinations, they must complete four courses and one semester of graduate seminar. They must also present and defend a thesis that describes and discusses their research.
Summary of Requirements
- Four graduate courses (16 credits), at least three of which ordinarily are in chemistry, with the balance in related courses approved by the GPC.
Biological Chemistry emphasis: at least two courses in chemistry and the remainder from the fields of biological sciences and other sciences (physics, computer science, geology, mathematics or engineering), as approved by the GPC for individual student programs.
Materials Chemistry emphasis: at least two courses in chemistry, including Chem. 544, and at least two courses from the fields of materials science and engineering, geology, physics, or engineering, as approved by the GPC for individual student programs.
- One semester of Chemistry 592 (Graduate Seminar).
- Two semesters of Chemistry 593 (Frontiers in Chemistry).
- Completion of an acceptable research thesis (Chem 599).
- Passing an oral examination on the subject of the research thesis. The thesis defense committee will consist of at least three faculty members, including at least one tenured chemistry faculty member who is not the thesis research advisor. The committee will be chaired by a tenured chemistry faculty member who is not the thesis research advisor. In interdisciplinary programs, one member may be from another department.
- A total of at least 30 graduate credits obtained under the above requirements.
After You Graduate
Program alumni work in a cross-section of research roles, on subjects as diverse as nanocrystal solar energy technology and radiochemistry of transuranium complexes. Graduates also enjoy a high placement rate in Ph.D. programs.
To be eligible for a graduate study, you must:
- Provide a complete set of your undergraduate (and, if applicable, graduate) transcripts showing one of the following:
- You have earned a bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university.
- You are within one academic year of earning a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university.
- You are eligible to apply as part of a memorandum of understanding between your current institution and Binghamton University.
- Have earned, at a minimum, one of the following:
- A 3.0 GPA over your entire undergraduate career
- A 3.0 GPA during your last 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits of your undergraduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail")
- A 3.0 GPA in a graduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail")
- In consideration of the different grading scales used around the world, each academic department evaluates international transcripts to determine on a case-by-case basis whether they demonstrate one of the above requirements.
To apply, you must submit the following materials. For general guidelines for these materials, see the Admission Requirements website.
- Online graduate degree application with graduate degree application fee.
- Transcripts from each college or university that you have attended.
- Personal statement of 2 to 3 pages describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to the graduate admissions committee.
- Résumé or curriculum vitae.
- Three letters of recommendation.
- Official GRE scores.
- For international applicants: To be competitive, a minimum combined (verbal + quantitative) GRE score of 310 is recommended.
International students must also submit the following materials. For more information about these materials, see the International Students section of the Admission Requirements website.
- International Student Financial Statement (ISFS) form.
- Supporting financial documentation (such as bank statements, scholarship or sponsor letters, etc.).
- Proof of English proficiency (such as official TOEFL/IELTS/PTE Academic scores).
- Chemistry minimum TOEFL score: 80 on the iBT (To be competitive, a score of 90 is recommended.).
- Chemistry minimum IELTS score: 6.5, with no band below 5.0.
- Chemistry minimum PTE Academic score: 53 (To be competitive, a score of 61 is recommended.).
This information is subject to change. While we make every effort to update these program pages, we recommend that you contact the department with questions about program-specific requirements.
GRE Quantitative: 92%
*Score(s) represent the AVERAGE for the recently admitted class; scoring lower does not result in automatic rejection and scoring higher does not guarantee acceptance.
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