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What will I learn?

The Chemistry and Biochemistry department has a strong research emphasis as well as a dedication to teaching, but is of medium size allowing substantial interaction between faculty and students. There is an international make-up to the faculty and postdoctoral fellows, and there are graduate students presently in the department from the United States and abroad. The department is very well equipped with modern instrumentation and computing resources. These include outstanding NMR, X-ray and mass spectrometry facilities, with two 300 MHz and one 600 MHz NMR spectrometers, two single-crystal and one powder X-ray diffractometers, a JEOL M station and GC-MS facilities. Areas of research specialization include the traditional areas of Inorganic, Organic, Physical chemistry, and Biochemistry, as well as organometallic, supramolecular, interfacial and computational chemistry, laser spectroscopy and the study of new materials. Former graduates are employed in research positions in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, in academic positions, and in other areas such as high-tech computer applications.

Masters Degrees can be obtained by graduate coursework only, MS (non-thesis), or by a combination of graduate coursework and research culminating in a written thesis, MS (thesis). These degree programs may be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis with entry to the program possible in August or January. The part-time MS (non-thesis) remains a particularly popular option for chemists with bachelor’s degrees who are employed locally in St. Louis and are looking to upgrade their qualifications.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for the M.S. degree in chemistry must demonstrate proficiency in organic, inorganic, physical, and analytical chemistry within two years of initial enrollment.

A minimum of 30 hours is required, normally including 3 hours in Chem 6897 Chemistry Colloquium. No more than 3 hours in Chem 6897 may be applied toward the required minimum of 30 credit hours.

Master of Science in Chemistry with Thesis

Students selecting this option must be enrolled full-time for at least two consecutive semesters. During this time, students are expected to enroll in Chem 6905, Graduate Research in Chemistry, and conduct their thesis research. A maximum of 12 hours of Chem 6905 may be applied toward the required 30 hours. At least 9 hours must be at the 5000 level, excluding Chem 6905. A maximum of 9 hours in 3000 level or above courses outside the department may be accepted if students receive prior approval of their advisers and the Director of Graduate Studies. Students are expected to follow all other general requirements of the Graduate School regarding master’s degree and thesis requirements.

Master of Science without Thesis

Unlike the thesis option, students need not be enrolled full-time. Of the required 30 hours, 15 credits must be at the 5000 level. A maximum of 6 credits of Chem 6905, Graduate Research in Chemistry, may be included in place of 4000 level courses. A maximum of 12 hours taken in 3000 level or above courses outside the department may be accepted with prior approval of the Director of Graduate Studies.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees
$22,980.00 (17,05,978) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 October 2021

Start date

23 August 2021, 18 January 2022, 22 August 2022


College of Arts and Sciences

1 University Boulevard,

303 Lucas Hall,



63121, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Grade Point Average: An undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on 4.0 scale and minimum 3.0 in the major field of student. Applicants with a GPA under 3.0 may be considered under certain circumstances.

For international students

Successful applicants must have at least the equivalent of the B.A. degree in chemistry before beginning the master’s program.

Students with degrees in other fields may be admitted but must make up deficiencies, usually by taking undergraduate course work

Entrance examinations

The Graduate Record Examination General Test is not required but may add value to the application.

International students are required to document English proficiency by providing scores from an internationally accepted standardized examination before a decision is made on admission.

Grade Point Average

Minimum of 3.00 on 4.0 scale. Students whose GPA is 2.75 to 2.99 may be admitted under some circumstances.

Proof of English proficiency

Minimum requirements vary by department. It is recommended that students have a 79 TOEFL, 6.5 IELTS, or 53 PTE-A.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Missouri - St. Louis

The University of Missouri-St. Louis is a global university in the heart of America, offering quality degrees in a world-class metropolitan location.

  • No. 63 in the Times Higher Education “Golden Age” rankings
  • Tier 1 national research university with STEM degrees
  • State-of-the-art, subject-specific facilities and labs
  • Low cost of living in a city with high starting salaries