Master of Science, Chemistry
Erich Steinle, Graduate Director
Temple Hall, Room 417, Phone (417) 836-5319
This program is designed to prepare students to work in industrial or governmental chemistry laboratories, or to pursue doctoral studies in chemistry.
Development of a sound knowledge of chemical principles, acquisition of outstanding research and communication skills, and attainment of an understanding and appreciation of applied chemistry and the importance of multidisciplinary approaches to the solution of scientific problems.
Areas of specialization include analytical chemistry, biochemistry, chemical education, environmental chemistry, inorganic chemistry, materials chemistry (including polymer chemistry and nanotechnology). organic chemistry, and physical chemistry.
Formal courses, graduate seminars, professional advisement, directed research, and a master's thesis will be incorporated into a customized curriculum based on the individual's scholastic background and career goals. On completion of the program, the student will have developed the skills needed for a career in chemical production, development, or research.
Students admitted to the graduate chemistry program in full standing must meet the following requirements:
- A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in the U.S. or equivalent training in a foreign university.
- A minimum overall GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale, or a minimum GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale for the last 60 hours of course work.
- Scores from the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination. Normally, students are expected to score at or above the 50th percentile on each section of the GRE and to have an overall college GPA of at least 3.00.
- International applicants from countries not recognizing English as the primary official language are additionally required to submit a score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of not less than 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (internet-based) and with a minimum of 50th percentile on the Listening Comprehension Section.
- A minimum undergraduate background in chemistry consisting of two semesters of general chemistry, two semesters of organic chemistry, one semester of analytical chemistry, and one semester of inorganic chemistry with grades of “C” or better in each course and an overall GPA of not less than 3.00.
Applicants lacking the background courses described in item five above may be admitted, but will be required to rectify any of these deficiencies with appropriate course work. These leveling courses will not apply toward the master's degree.
Students who do not meet the grade point standards outlined above may be granted conditional admission to the program. As conditions of admission, students will be required to complete a minimum of 9 hours of specified graduate courses with a GPA of at least 3.00 to be advanced to full standing in the program.
Accelerated Master's Degree Option
Eligible Missouri State University majors in chemistry may apply for preliminary acceptance into the Master of Science program in Chemistry after admission requirements for the accelerated masters option have been satisfied. If accepted, graduate courses chosen from CHM 602, CHM 607, CHM 642, CHM 652 and CHM 675 may be counted towards both the undergraduate and graduate degrees, with a maximum of 12 credit hours counted towards both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. This option offers an opportunity for chemistry majors with undergraduate laboratory research experience to complete the requirements for the Master of Science degree in Chemistry in two semesters and a summer after attaining the Bachelor’s degree, rather than the typical four semesters and a summer. Contact the Department of Chemistry for further information and guidelines.
Before enrolling in a course to be counted as both undergraduate and graduate credit and to count the courses towards the masters degree, an undergraduate student must be accepted into the accelerated program and complete a mixed credit form. Acceptance into the program and all approvals must be completed prior to the end of the Change of Schedule Period for the course(s). See the Graduate College for further information.
Admission Requirements for Accelerated Master's Degree Option
- Junior standing, a GPA in chemistry of 3.00 or better and an overall GPA of 3.00 or better.
- Completion of CHM 160, 161, 170, 171, 302, 342, 343, 375, 398, and 399; PHY 123 and 124 or PHY 203 and 204; MTH 287 and 288, or MTH 261 and 280 or MTH 261 and 288 with an overall GPA of 3.00 or better.
- Undergraduate laboratory research experience in residence in the Department of Chemistry with a supportive recommendation from the student’s undergraduate research mentor.
- Acceptance of applicant by a graduate faculty member who agrees to serve as the student’s graduate research mentor.
- Acceptance of the applicant by the graduate faculty in Chemistry under the accelerated masters option.
Degree Requirements (minimum of 32 hours)
- Advisory Committee. Initially, each student will be advised by the departmental coordinator of graduate studies. As soon as possible, the student will select a faculty member to chair a graduate advisory committee consisting of at least four persons. At least one committee member, but not more than two, shall be from outside the chemistry department. This committee will supervise the remainder of the candidate's graduate program.
- Program of Study. The candidate's program will be structured by the advisory committee in consultation with the student. Academic background, professional experience, placement test scores, and academic objectives will be considered in establishing the individual's program.
- Chemistry Requirement. A minimum of 24 hours in chemistry including at least 16 hours from courses numbered 700 or above with at least 6 hours of 700-level chemistry course work in addition to research, thesis, and colloquium. Students who have not passed (with a C or better) undergraduate courses in physical chemistry, instrumental analysis, advanced organic chemistry, and advanced inorganic chemistry will be required to pass (with a grade of C or better) some or all of the following courses: CHM 606, CHM 607*, CHM 633, CHM 642, CHM 675, and CHM 675. Hours received from these courses will count toward the 32 hours required for the master’s degree.
* Students who have had a one-semester physical chemistry course will be given an assessment exam; a score of the 50th percentile or above will satisfy the physical chemistry core course requirement. Students scoring less than the 50th percentile, but higher than the 33rd percentile, will satisfy the physical chemistry core requirement by passing CHM 607.
- Colloquium. 2 hours of credit must be earned in CHM 700, Chemistry Colloquium.
- Electives. Upon approval of the advisory committee, graduate courses from related fields may be selected to a maximum of 8 hours within the 32 hour degree requirement.
- Research Requirement. The maximum credit toward the 32-hour degree requirement is 6 hours of CHM 798 and 6 hours of CHM 799. Submission of a thesis is a specific requirement for the degree. The purpose of the thesis is to demonstrate competence in scientific research and the ability to: choose a research topic of scientific importance; conduct a comprehensive literature search of the problem; design and implement a plan of research; collect and interpret scientific data; and communicate results and findings to peers. An oral defense of the thesis is required.
- Comprehensive Examination. A written comprehensive examination will be administered after most of the course work has been completed. This examination must be passed by the candidate before a degree will be given.