MA/MS in Chemistry

Graduate degrees in chemistry strengthen your understanding of chemical principles for use in a career, professional degree or Ph.D. studies.

Ready for Anything

M.A. and M.S. degrees give you a foundation in chemistry with the option to choose the best degree for your career path. The M.A. program, which doesn’t include a lab-based thesis project, is ideal if you’re interested in sales or management within the chemical industry. The M.S. program includes a thesis, public presentation and defense. It’s ideal if you’re interested in career advancement, a Ph.D. or medical school. You may enroll in the program as a part-time or full-time student.

Your research could make significant contributions in agriculture, medicine or the environment as you present your research at local, regional and possibly national conferences.

Making your Mark

A graduate chemistry degree is valuable as you advance your career. It opens the door to greater financial benefits and opportunities to do important research. In recent years, graduates have attended medical school and found jobs at community colleges, Eli Lilly and Co., the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Central Minnesota Renewables and the U.S. Patent Office.

MS Program Requirements

Required Courses - 26 hrs.

  • CHM 520: Instrumental Analysis - 4 hrs.
  • CHM 524: Fundamentals of Separation Science - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 536: Inorganic Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 576: Physical Chemistry II - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 680: Literature Seminar - 1 hr.
  • CHM 682: Thesis Research Seminar - 1 hr.
  • CHM 697: Research - 10 total hrs.
  • CHM 699: Thesis - 1 hr.

Electives - 6 hrs.

  • CHM 500: Chemical Topics - 1 3 hrs.
  • CHM 512: Molecular Modeling - 1 hr.
  • CHM 514: Chemical Group Theory - 1 hr.
  • CHM 516: Environmental Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 526: Advanced Analytical Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 528: Topics in Analytical Chemistry - 1-3 hrs.
  • CHM 532: Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 537: Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • CHM 538: Topics in Inorganic Chemistry - 1-3 hrs.
  • CHM 540: Materials Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 541: Materials Chemistry Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • CHM 548: Topics in Materials Chemistry - 1-3 hrs.
  • CHM 550: Industrial Organic Chemistry - 1 hr.
  • CHM 552: Physical Organic Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 554: Organic Spectroscopy - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 555: Organic Spectroscopy Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • CHM 558: Topics in Organic Chemistry - 1-3 hrs.
  • CHM 562: Protein Structure and Function - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 566: Intermediary Metabolism - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 568: Topics in Biochemistry - 1-3 hrs.
  • CHM 577: Physical Chemistry Laboratory II - 1 hr.
  • CHM 578: Topics in Physical Chemistry - 1-3 hrs.
  • CHM 584: Readings in Chemistry - 1-3 hrs.

Note: A maximum of six graduate credit hours from cognate fields may be applied. Cognate courses must be approved, prior to enrollment, by the thesis advisor, department chair, and graduate coordinator.

MA Program Requirements

Required Courses - 24 hrs.

  • *CHM 536: Inorganic Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • *CHM 560: Biochemistry - 3 hrs.
  • *CHM 570: Physical Chemistry I - 3 hrs.
  • *CHM 570: Physical Chemistry II - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 520: Instrumental Analysis - 4 hrs.
  • CHM 524: Fundamentals of Separation Science - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 554: Organic Spectroscopy - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 686: Literature Review - 1 hr.
  • CHM 680: Literature Seminar - 1 hr.

*At least one of these requirements must be fulfilled by undergraduate coursework. Any remaining deficiencies can be taken at the graduate level.

Laboratory Electives (choose two) - 2 hrs.

  • CHM 537: Inorganic Chemistry Lab - 1 hr.
  • CHM 541: Materials Chemistry Lab - 1 hr.
  • CHM 555: Advanced Organic Lab - 1 hr.
  • CHM 561: Biochemistry Lab - 1 hr.
  • CHM 571: Physical Chemistry I Lab - 1 hr.
  • CHM 577: Physical Chemistry II Lab - 1 hr.

Elective Courses - 11 hrs.

  • CHM 500: Chemical Topics - 1-5 hrs.
  • CHM 512: Molecular Modeling - 1 hr.
  • CHM 514: Chemical Group Theory - 1 hr.
  • CHM 516: Environmental Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 528: Topics in Analytical Chemistry - 1-3 hrs.
  • CHM 532: Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 538: Topics in Inorganic Chemistry - 1-3 hrs.
  • CHM 540: Materials Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 548: Topics in Materials Chemistry - 1-3 hrs.
  • CHM 550: Industrial Organic Chemistry - 1 hr.
  • CHM 552: Physical Organic Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 554: Organic Spectroscopy - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 555: Organic Spectroscopy Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • CHM 558: Topics in Organic Chemistry - 1-3 hrs.
  • CHM 562: Protein Structure and Function - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 564: Biochemical Literature - 1 hr.
  • CHM 566: Intermediary Metabolism - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 568: Topics in Biochemistry - 1-3 hrs.
  • CHM 578: Topics in Physical Chemistry - 1-3 hrs.

Note: A maximum of three graduate credit hours from cognate fields may be applied. Students who have transitioned from the M.S. program to the M.A. program may use research (CHM 697) to meet the laboratory elective requirement; three hours of CHM 697 will be considered equivalent to one hour of laboratory elective.