Masters of Science Degree (M.S.)

Study for the Master of Science Degree (M.S.) should be ideally completed within two to three calendar years beyond the baccalaureate degree, and all courses and degree requirements must be finished within five years. These requirements include the following:

Department Seminars: Students are required to take at least 3 semesters of departmental seminars (in addition to the seminar component of the Advanced Research course). These seminars broaden our students' exposure to the wide breadth of research in industry and academia.

Coursework: The M.S. degree requires a minimum of 30 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree, and 20 credit hours must be in formally structured courses. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in courses throughout their studies. The student's advisor and Supervisory Committee will make recommendations and coursework to be taken.

Selection of an Advisor and Supervisory Committee: This is one of the most important decisions a student will make during the graduate career. The advisor will provide mentorship and serve as chair of the student's Supervisory Committee that will assist the student in selection of coursework and evaluation of progress. M.S. students should choose an advisor by the beginning of the second semester. The Supervisory Committee must have at least three members all holding the Ph.D. degree, with three of the members having a tenured or tenure-track faculty appointment in the Chemistry department.

Supervisory Committee Meetings: These are required at least once each year, for the student to update the committee on progress in coursework, teaching duties, and other related activities.

Project: Students must complete a project resulting in a written thesis.

Oral Defense of the M.S. Thesis: An oral thesis defense will serve as the final comprehensive examination required by the Office of Graduate Studies.