Location: Cullowhee - Main Campus
Full-Time or Part-Time
Prerequisites: GRE, Personal Statement
Application Deadline: None
Graduate Assistantships Available
Small classes, high-tech instrumentation, close faculty
Join us at one of our upcoming virtual Graduate School Open House events on Zoom! You'll have the opportunity to learn more about Western Carolina University, understand the Graduate School application process, and meet key program representatives.
Our graduate program offers a variety of concentrations in Chemistry 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 will prepare you for a career as an industrial chemist, applying to medical school, or for further study in other professional schools or doctoral programs. A Master in Chemistry can also help you with advancement in your current employment.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
International applicants who have not completed the baccalaureate degree in an English-speaking curriculum should also submit