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Master of Science in Chemistry University of Dayton



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The undergraduate prerequisites are the minimum requirements specified by the American Chemical Society. Those students who have graduated from ACS-approved schools will have fulfilled these requirements. Others may need to take certain courses concurrently from the undergraduate program to meet ACS requirements. Complete, current Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, including the Advanced Chemistry Exam are recommended for all students and are required of all international students.

The Department of Chemistry offers the following graduate program options:

M.S. in Chemistry, Thesis Option

Students entering the M.S. program with ACS-approved undergraduate chemistry degrees should be well prepared for the core courses of the program. Students with other science degrees such as biology or biochemistry, or students who performed poorly in specific undergraduate courses may be required to take preparatory courses. A maximum of six semester hours in this category can be applied towards the 30-hour degree.

The core courses - Analytical CHM 546, Biochemistry CHM 553, Inorganic CHM 544, Organic 550 and Physical CHM 539 - may be thought of as the pillars of the program. Each student is required to take four of the five core courses, depending on their research interests. Students majoring in biochemistry might take CHM 553, 546, 550 and 539 whereas a student interested in materials science could take CHM 546, 544, 550 and 539.

Depending on the number of hours taken in the core, a student would have opportunities to take elective courses in chemistry or a course from other departments such as biology. Three hours of elective courses may come from chemistry courses that are double-numbered as undergraduate courses.

Students are also required to present one seminar a year in addition to their thesis defense, based on topics of relevance to the student's research area. Since the M.S. is a research-based degree, 6 to 9 semester hours of thesis research are required.

M.S. in Chemistry, Non Thesis Option

The Non-Thesis option is designed for professional chemists and high school chemistry teachers who would like to increase their chemical knowledge base and enhance their job opportunities.

The coursework is designed for students who have been out of undergraduate school for a few years and need time to re-acclimate to Chemistry studies. The first year courses reinforce concepts from the senior year of undergraduate school and then provide the bridge to the more specialized courses in the second year. There are also opportunities to take elective courses outside of the Chemistry department in areas such as Biology, Engineering and Health Sciences. A student can use this flexibility to create an area of focus that can aid them in their current position or add a strength that would allow them to bridge to other disciplines.

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Full Time (31 hours)

Tuition fees

USD $955 per credit hour




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45469, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Academic Requirements

Students holding an undergraduate chemistry degree from an ACS-approved course of study should be well prepared for the core courses of the program. Students with other science degrees such as biology or biochemistry, or students who performed poorly in specific undergraduate courses, may be required to take preparatory courses. Applicants should have earned a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 80 on the Internet-based (IB) test or 550 on the paper-based test is required for full admission.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A minimum band score of 6.5 is required for full admission.

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE). A minimum score of 60 is required for full admission.

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