Master of Science
The Master of Science degree is generally not a prerequisite for the Ph.D. degree. Earned in two or three years, the Master’s degree is useful in careers requiring chemistry knowledge applied over a variety of settings such as patent law, government work, national defense, and private industry. Students must complete six graduate-level chemistry courses, including at least one core course from each of three traditional areas, analytical, biochemistry, organic, inorganic, and physical. An oral thesis defense is given near the end of the final semester.