Overview

With a masters degree in chemistry, you’ll be able to solve scientific problems with agility and accuracy. Conduct research specific to your field of interest as you develop skills that translate to infinite career opportunities. With an emphasis on leadership, many graduates excel in leadership positions in dynamic fields such as sustainability, public policy, lobbying, sales, government, imaging science, space exploration, medicine, and much more.

The MS degree in chemistry is offered on a full- or part-time basis. The program is designed to fill the needs of the traditional student or the practicing chemist who is employed full time and wishes to pursue a graduate degree on a part-time basis.

The School of Chemistry and Materials Science has research- and teaching-oriented faculty, as well as excellent equipment and facilities that enable full-time graduate students to carry on a program of independent study and develop the ability to attack scientific problems at the fundamental level. The research can result in either a thesis or a project report.

Through course work and research activities, the program strives to increase the breadth and depth of the student’s background in chemistry. Students develop the ability to attack scientific problems with minimal supervision.

Plan of study

The program offers two options: a thesis or a project. Concentrations are available in organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, polymer chemistry, materials science, and biochemistry. Customized concentrations are available to accommodate specific student interests and needs relating to graduate study in chemistry.

Each student, together with an adviser, chooses courses to create a customized curriculum that best meets their interests, needs, and career aspirations. Each student's curriculum is subject to the approval of the director of the graduate program.

A deliberate effort is made to strengthen any areas of weakness indicated by the student’s undergraduate records and the placement examinations. The MS degree consists of the following requirements:

1. A minimum of 30 semester credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree.

Courses in chemistry consist of core and focus area courses. Core courses are designed to increase a student’s breadth of chemical knowledge, while focus area courses increase depth. Core courses include four semester credit hours in the Graduate Chemistry Seminar (CHEM-771, 772, 773, 774) and one credit hour in Chemistry Writing (CHEM-670). Focus area courses are chosen to address the student’s career goals and any undergraduate deficiencies in chemistry. Focus area courses must be at the graduate level and are chosen in consultation between the student and graduate adviser. Focus area courses outside of chemistry are acceptable provided they are approved by the student’s graduate adviser.

2. Research

Ten semester credit hours of research are required with the thesis option. For students who opt for the project option, four semester hours of project research are required.

3. Capstone

Students enrolled in the thesis option are expected to complete an independent research thesis and pass an oral defense. Typically, all requirements are met within two years. Students enrolled in the project option have numerous ways of satisfying the capstone requirement for their project. These include but are not limited to conference presentations, papers, journal articles, patents, and seminars.

Industries

  • Medical Devices
  • Manufacturing
  • Food and Beverage
  • Consumer Packaged Goods

Typical Job Titles

  • Materials Scientist
  • Assistant/Associate Research and Development Scientist
  • Quality Control Specialist
  • Analytical Chemist
  • Organic Chemist
  • Inorganic Chemist
  • Physical Chemist
  • Medical Chemist
  • Lab Technician

Curriculum

Chemistry (thesis option), MS degree, typical course sequence

First Year

  • CHEM-771 Graduate Chemistry Seminar I
  • CHEM-772 Graduate Chemistry Seminar II
  • CHEM-670 Graduate Chemistry Writing
  • CHEM-790 Research and Thesis Guidance
  • Graduate Chemistry Focus Courses

Second Year

  • CHEM-773 Graduate Chemistry Seminar III
  • CHEM-774 Graduate Chemistry Seminar IV
  • CHEM-790 Research and Thesis Guidance
  • Graduate Chemistry Focus Course

Chemistry (project option), MS degree, typical course sequence

First Year

  • CHEM-771 Graduate Chemistry Seminar I
  • CHEM-772 Graduate Chemistry Seminar II
  • CHEM-670 Graduate Chemistry Writing
  • Graduate Chemistry Focus Courses

Second Year

  • CHEM-773 Graduate Chemistry Seminar III
  • CHEM-774 Graduate Chemistry Seminar IV
  • CHEM-780 Chemistry Project
  • Graduate Chemistry Focus Courses

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in chemistry, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college in chemistry. Applicants with an undergraduate degree in another scientific discipline and the equivalent of a full year of work in analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, physics, and calculus will also be considered for admission.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Submit scores from the GRE. (Applicants are encouraged to submit scores from the chemistry GRE.)
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 79 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions. Foreign students with English language deficiencies may be required to take the Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency, given by the RIT English Language Center. If a student’s score is below standard, additional course work may be recommended. Successful completion of this work is a requirement of the program. This may mean that the student will need additional time and financial resources to complete the degree program.
  • As a supplement to the normal application process, it is strongly recommended that students visit RIT.
Program taught in:
  • English
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Last updated July 8, 2019
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