MSc in Chemistry


Program Description

The master's degree in Chemistry at Northeastern provides graduate education for students planning careers in industry, business, teaching or planning additional graduate work or professional studies.

There are three options available in the program:

  • Separation Science Emphasis: Students in the program can follow the Separation Science Emphasis in order to prepare for careers in pharmaceutical, cosmetics and food industries as well as environmental laboratories.
  • General Program Emphasis: The General Program Emphasis prepares students to enter professional schools or to continue further graduate work in chemistry.
  • Chemical Education Emphasis: The Chemical Education Emphasis serves in-service middle and high school teachers who attained a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and hold a teaching certification/license to become highly qualified teachers trained in advanced chemistry and pedagogical content knowledge of teaching science in secondary schools. They will also be well prepared to conduct research in the area of Chemical Education or teach at 2-year colleges.

Credit hours required: 30

Program Benefits

Northeastern's Chemistry Department has an active research program. Students who are pursuing a master’s degree can elect to do their thesis research projects in method development and validation of pharmaceutical products, medicinal chemistry, environmental chemistry, material science, and chemical education. The unique separation science program prepares students for employment in the industry.

The Department houses modern chemical instrumentation such as HPLC, FTIR, AAS, UV Visible spectrometer, NMR, Fluorescence Spectrometer, GC-MS, AFM, and ICP.

Career Options

Students completing the master's degree program are likely to find employment in the following fields:

  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry: Work in research and development, quality control, and regulatory affairs.
  • Environmental Chemistry: Analytical testing, product development, safety, and regulatory issues.
  • Agriculture or Food Chemistry: Focus on food safety, quality control, nutrition, processing, and packaging.
  • Cosmetic Chemistry: Work in research and development, quality control, process engineering, and regulatory.
  • Education: Teaching in primary or secondary school and two-year colleges.

Degree Requirements

Course Work (30 credit hours):

A total of 30 credit hours must be earned. The majority of students take approximately ten formal courses. Options are available to earn credit hours for research, independent study, and thesis work as outlined below.

For students admitted to Master’s programs for the Fall 1997 semester and thereafter, graduate coursework is at the 400-level. However, two of the following courses may be taken as part of the master’s program if they have not been previously taken as part of an undergraduate program. No other 300 level courses can apply. Consult with your program advisor or the Graduate College for details.

CHEM-316 Inorganic Chemistry 4
CHEM-330 Instrumental Analysis: Spectroscopy
or CHEM-331 Instrumental Analysis: Quantitative Methods
Total Hours 8

Core Courses

All students must take at least one course in each of the four areas of the Core Courses.

Analytical Chemistry
CHEM-450 Gas Chromatography 3
Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM-402 Organometallic Chemistry 3
CHEM-406 Coordination Chemistry 3
CHEM-413 Modern Inorganic Chemistry 3
Organic Chemistry
CHEM-403 Physical Methods Of Organic Chemistry 3
CHEM-411 Organic Reaction Mechanisms 3
Physical Chemistry
CHEM-404 Chemical Thermodynamics 3
CHEM-405 Quantum Chemistry 3
CHEM-412 Reaction Kinetics 3

Separation Science Emphasis

Required Coursework:

Students in the Separation Science Emphasis program must take 21 hours from the CORE and 9 hours of the following Required Coursework in the Separation Science:

CHEM-451 Liquid Chromatography 3
CHEM-455 Method Development And Validation In Liquid Chromatography 3
CHEM-456 Advanced Chromatographic Methods 3
Total Hours 9

General Program Emphasis

Students in the General Program Emphasis must take 30 credit hours from the CORE and/or Separation Science Emphasis and are also encouraged to do research and/or thesis work. Students writing a thesis take 21 hours from the CORE and/or Separation Science Emphasis and 9 hours of the Independent Study (CHEM-408 3 credits) and Thesis hours: Chemistry 1-3 credits in the area of Chemistry. These Thesis credit hours are added over multiple semesters to make 6 credits total. Non-thesis students take 27 hours from the Core and/or Separation Science Emphasis and 3 hours of Independent Study in the area of Chemistry.

Chemical Education Emphasis

Required coursework:

Students in the Chemical Education Emphasis program must take 21 hours from the CORE and/or Separation Science Emphasis and 9 hours of Required Coursework in Education listed below or other 400 level courses from the College of Education approved by the Chemistry Department.

EDFN-410 Education As A Social Institution 3
LTCY-502 Literacy Instruction In Content Areas In Secondary Grades 3
LTCY-506 Writing Instruction In Middle & High School 3
EDFN-442 Media Technology For Educators 1 3
Total Hours 12

Research and Thesis Work:
Students are encouraged to do laboratory or library research and/or more formally, write a thesis, and may do so under the following condition:

  • acceptance by a research or thesis advisor.
    Academic credit for research and thesis work is normally earned through Independent Study (CHEM-408) and Thesis hours: Chemistry (CHEM-5901, 1credits, CHEM-5902, 2 credits., and CHEM-5903, 3 credits) Individual arrangements are made between the student and the research advisor.

Final Examination:
Students writing master’s theses are required to make a public oral defense of their work. Non-thesis students must make a public oral presentation of their research work, or take a comprehensive written departmental examination. Consult the graduate advisor for details.

Students with Foreign Credentials:
Students with foreign credentials should check with the Graduate College regarding transcript evaluation and English language testing. Since this is often a lengthy process, it is advisable for the international student with residency status to begin taking graduate courses in chemistry as a student-at-large while waiting for official word on admission. Consult the graduate advisor.

Merit Tuition Scholarships and Assistantships:
The Chemistry program is regularly allotted Tuition Scholarships to defray the cost of tuition for graduate students. Check with the graduate advisor for eligibility requirements well in advance of registration.

Students wishing to pursue their master of science degree on a full-time basis may occasionally do so with modest support from the University in the form of an assistantship. To be eligible for an assistantship the student must have completed at least two terms at the University and have a grade point average of at least 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale).

Last updated Oct 2018

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