MS Environmental Chemistry

Growing public awareness about the state of the environment, chemical product safety and new chemical regulatory policies is driving demand for leaders who are able to understand the science underlying environmental challenges and develop innovative solutions.

The Master of Science in Environmental and Green Chemistry trains the next generation of experts with an interdisciplinary curriculum that fosters proficiency in evaluating the state of the environment and designing greener technologies. This unique 30-credit hour program emphasizes both environmental chemistry and green chemistry, the design of new chemicals and chemical processes with minimal environmental impact.

Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., this program takes advantage of its proximity to governmental agencies and departments, as well as other D.C.-area institutes, private practices, and NGOs.

Learning Outcomes & Goals

The program’s intended learning outcomes are for students to:

  • attain a level of technical ability and knowledge in the fields of environmental/green chemistry and related social sciences to function as professionals in their discipline;
  • gain experience in carrying out research using technical and problem-solving skills to contribute to their field in the form of a capstone project;
  • gain communication and presentation skills that are consistent with professional standards;
  • be well-positioned to obtain employment or continue education towards a doctoral degree in chemistry, sustainability or related fields.


Admission to the program will be coordinated by the program director in conjunction with the director of graduate studies of the Chemistry Department. All candidates are required to submit GRE scores and have a bachelor's degree in science or engineering that includes a background in the fundamental areas of chemistry with a GPA of 3.0 or above.

At a minimum, candidates must have completed:

  • 2 semesters of general chemistry
  • 2 semesters of organic or inorganic chemistry
  • 1 semester of quantitative and/or instrumental analysis (recommended)

Coursework requirements can also be satisfied by enrolling in GW courses selected in consultation with the program director. In addition, the program director can waive course requirements upon discretion.

Program taught in:
  • English

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