M.S. in Chemistry

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A variety of programs are offered to suit your needs. Research opportunities envelop all the main disciplines of chemistry (analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic and physical) with research groups specializing in applications including materials science, environmental studies and forensics. 

Research in our program is supported by a suite of state-of-the-art instrumentation including FTIR, NMR, GC-MS, UV-Vis, AA and ICP-OES spectrometers as well as chromatographs, a particle size analyzer, and a DNA sequencer. Our program utilizes high performance computers with molecular dynamics software, such as AMBER, and quantum mechanical packages, including NWChem, Spartan, and Gaussian.

The Master of Science (M.S.) degree program in chemistry will give you the opportunity to obtain a highly marketable chemistry degree and prepare you for a career as an industrial chemist, for further study in professional schools or doctoral programs, or advancement in your current employment. There are four paths to completing your degree:


Comprehensive Concentration

The degree requirements for this two-year program includes 30 hours of graduate coursework and an original research project, a thesis and an oral defense. 
Comprehensive concentration

Environmental Chemistry Concentration 

The degree requirements for this two-year program are similar to the comprehensive M.S. program except coursework and research are more focused on environmental chemistry. 
Environmental Chemistry concentration

Professional Science Concentration 

The degree requirements for the two-year program includes 30 hours of graduate coursework composed of a mixture of chemistry courses, business courses, and an internship or applied project. 
professional science concentration.

Accelerated B.S./M.S. (ABM) Track

For current WCU undergraduates, another option for completing our M.S. degrees is the "ABM" program, which provides students earning their Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in chemistry a means to earn a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in chemistry in an accelerated timeframe. Students get a headstart on their graduate studies during their senior year and officially enter the graduate program after completion of their B.S. degree.
ABM Track

Application Process

Application Process
Although a baccalaureate degree is required for the M.S. program, a degree in chemistry is not! We encourage applications from mathematics, computer science, physics, biology, environmental health, natural resources management, and geology undergraduates. However, applicants with bachelor degrees in areas other than chemistry may be required to take additional coursework.

Applications are accepted for both fall and spring semesters on a rolling basis. Through our electronic application, submit

  • Transcripts (unofficial)
  • GRE General Test scores
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • 1-2 page statement outlining goals and research interests

International Applicants

International applicants who have not completed the baccalaureate degree in an English-speaking curriculum should also submit

  • Transcript evaluation
  • TOEFL scores
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