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:
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
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.
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