Master of Science in Chemical Sciences (MSCB)

The Master of Science in Chemical Sciences (MSCB) is a thesis-based program with tracks in Chemistry and Biochemistry. The MSCB offers a flexible curriculum, individually tailored to the student’s background and research interests. The program is 33-credit-hours of coursework with research opportunities in all areas of chemistry and biochemistry, from synthetic organic chemistry to enzymology. The MSCB will prepare students to think in an interdisciplinary fashion about problems in chemistry, biochemistry and many other related areas of study. This program is designed to allow students to complete coursework and thesis research within two academic years.

Adequately prepared applicants must demonstrate core competency as reflected by the record of undergraduate coursework in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics, with a degree focus in one of these areas. An applicant who is deemed deficient in one or two courses by the Admissions Committee may be admitted into the program under the condition that the missing undergraduate courses be taken in addition to the graduate program requirements; these will not count toward the degree and are not eligible for the tuition waiver.

April 1st is the application deadline for Fall semester.


Common Core (8 Credit Hours)

  • CHEM 6620 - Advanced Topics in Physical Chemistry
  • CHEM 7000 - Research Skills and Ethics
  • CHEM 7100 - Graduate Seminar

Track and Individualized Course of Study Electives (12 Credit Hours)

  • CHEM 6430 - Advanced Topics in Organic Chemistry
  • CHEM 6510 - Advanced Topics in Biochemistry
  • CHEM 7300 - Synthetic Methods
  • CHEM 7500 - Chemical Biology
  • CHEM 7600 - Physical and Analytical Methods
  • Advanced Topics/Other Cross-listed Course

Master's Thesis (13-34 Credit Hours)

  • 13-34 hours of thesis research.
  • 13-16 hours for the 2-year plan.
  • 31-34 hours for the 3-year plan.
  • Up to 13 hours maximum count toward degree hours.

Additional Information

Qualified students admitted to the program will be awarded a teaching assistantship, helping to instruct undergraduate students in general chemistry lab classes. This award includes a tuition waiver and a stipend of $12,000 for the first 10 months in the program. They will take graduate courses, attend seminars, and begin work with potential research mentors on projects that demonstrate the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary nature of inquiry in the chemical sciences. In the second year, students will work closely with their mentors on their thesis projects.

Successful candidates will have completed requirements for the bachelor degree in a college accredited by a recognized regional accrediting association within the U.S., or in an equivalent institution outside the U.S. (accredited by a recognized accrediting agency) that has been authorized to operate by their respective governments either as agencies of the government or as private (nongovernmental) organizations. Successful candidates will have taken the Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Successful candidates will typically have a grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).


  • Online Graduate Application - There is a non-refundable $60 application fee.
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts from EACH College and/or University you have attended. Must be in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically from the institution directly to
  • GRE Score Report - Request that your scores be sent electronically to KSU (school code 5359). No department code is necessary. A minimum score of at least 286 combined verbal and quantitative.
  • Statement of Research Interests - Can be uploaded into the online application. Should strongly indicate research area of interest (to be done with faculty member) and background information that may be relevant to succeeding in the program.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation - Can be sent electronically through the online application. Should be from persons familiar with the applicants potential to complete successful graduate work.
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Last updated April 29, 2019
This course is Campus based
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2 years
290 USD
Resident tuition fee for 1 credit hour: $290.00. Non-resident tuition fee for 1 credit hour: $1,045.00. Other fees may apply.
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