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Complete advanced chemical research through our Master of Science in Chemistry program. We offer four different tracks and both thesis and non-thesis options to suit your interests and meet your career goals. You’ll have access to modern chemical instrumentation like Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, infrared, visible, ultraviolet, atomic absorption, and gas and liquid chromatography. Gain the confidence you need to pursue chemical sciences as a profession. Whether it’s pursuing a doctorate, community college and public school teaching, or governmental and industrial employment, this program is right for you.

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration

2-3 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

Non-thesis 36, Thesis 30

Thesis Requirements

Thesis and non-thesis options available

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Chemistry (MS) :: Focus your Passion

Focus Your Passion

Our department offers four different tracks that cater to your research interests and career goals. Discover which program works best for you.

Thesis

Our traditional thesis program consists of ten courses (30 credit hours) plus one additional thesis course (6 hours). If you are interested in further graduate work or professional programs, we recommend choosing the Thesis Track. You’ll work one-on-one with our experienced faculty and research topics that interest you.

Professional Chemistry (Non-Thesis)

Our 34-hour program lets you complete research in analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry or physical chemistry. If you’re interested in working in the chemical industry or pursuing a Ph.D. program, this program is for you.

Professional Chemical Business (Non-Thesis)

Interested in working in the chemical industry as an entrepreneur or business leader? The Professional Business Track combines chemistry with a strong foundation in business management. You’ll partner with the College of Business for a world-class educational experience. Learn the ropes of economics and apply your knowledge to the chemical industry through our professional program.

Professional Chemical Education (Non-Thesis)

Are you a chemistry educator looking to expand your knowledge and enhance your classroom experience? Our Professional Chemical Education Track gives you the tools to do so. You’ll take additional courses from the College of Education through our program. This track also enables you to teach at the community college level.

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Master of Science in Chemistry :: 1.03 SEE YOURSELF SUCCEED

SEE YOURSELF SUCCEED WITH A DEGREE IN CHEMISTRY

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Master of Science in Chemistry :: 1.06 PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS

PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS

A degree in chemistry will offer you the opportunity to:

  • Hone your knowledge and skills by concentrating your studies on analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry or physical chemistry.
  • Learn methods for purifying, identifying, and characterizing chemical and biochemical compounds.
  • Develop mastery in the classification and function of the major classes of molecules associated with living organisms.
  • Acquire knowledge in the application of modern concepts of bonding and energetics to problems of the structures and reactions of inorganic compounds.
  • Investigate the technologies, methods and practices that foster innovation, research, and chemical reasoning.
  • Prepare for careers in chemistry education or business through optional professional tracks.
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Master of Science in Chemistry :: 1.07 Careers

Careers

With a graduate degree in chemistry, you can become a highly valued scientist, providing your knowledge and approach to problem-solving toward a career in research, teaching or business. As a graduate, you are well-positioned to transition quickly when internship and job opportunities present themselves.

Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries

Chemists and Materials Scientists
$96,200
Chemical Engineer
$104,910

US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018

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Master of Science in Chemistry :: 1.08 INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Internship opportunities

Internship experience provides the foundation employers are often looking for. Although not required for your degree, internships are an important part of your education experience. These are just a few of the companies that partner with Career Development and offer opportunities for A&M-Commerce chemistry students.

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Master of Science in Chemistry :: WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

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What You Will Learn

Through challenging, fast-paced coursework around your specific field of interest, this program will prepare you for specific jobs such as analytical chemist, inorganic chemist, research scientist and R&D manager in a wide range of organizations, industries and institutions.

Courses to Prepare You for Your Career

  • Foundation courses include Chemical Thermodynamics, Biochemistry, Advanced Analytical Chemistry and Organic Mechanisms & Structure.
  • Supplementary courses around your concentration include Quantum Chemistry, Nuclear Science, Synthetic Organic Transformations and Kinetics.
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Master of Science in Chemistry :: 1.12 FEATURED COURSES

Featured Courses

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Master of Science in Chemistry:: 1.132 Student Orgs

Student Organizations

Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society

The Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society brings together students interested in chemical sciences and enriches their academic experience. You do not have to be a chemistry major to join. The Student Affiliates sponsor guest speakers, social events, field trips, tutoring services, revenue-generating events and various other activities throughout the academic year.

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Graduate Program Cost

PROGRAM COSTS

Tuition and fees for graduate students taking nine credit hours are $3,594 for Texas residents and $6,897 for non-residents.

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ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS International/Domestic Tabs

Admission

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Master of Science in Chemistry :: Admissions Requirements

Deadlines

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Your Path to Becoming a Lion

Step 1. Submit Application

Submit your application through ApplyTexas.

  • Select “Create a new graduate school admissions application.”
  • Select “Texas A&M University-Commerce (Commerce)” as your “Target University.”

  • Select “Chemistry, MS” as your “Major.”
  • Pay the $50 application fee.

Wait to receive an application confirmation email before proceeding to the next step.

  • After you submit your application, the Graduate School will send a confirmation email within two business days to the personal email account you used for ApplyTexas.

Provisional Status

After you submit your application, you may be granted provisional status, which means you can enroll in one semester of courses. You will not be eligible for financial aid until you submit all of your documents and are accepted into the program.

Step 2. Submit Documents

Submit the following documents after you receive an application confirmation email.

Official Transcripts

Contact your previous institution(s) and request that they send your official transcripts to [email protected].

  • We recommend that you request transcripts for all of your academic work.
Postal Alternative

If your institution is unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
PO Box 3011
Commerce, Texas 75429-3011

We will need official/original documents. If those documents are the only copies you have, the Graduate School can mail them back to you upon request. Contact [email protected] for more information.

2 Letters of Recommendation

Request two signed letters of recommendation, on letterhead, from professionals who can attest to your goals and ability to succeed in the program. Those individuals should:

Postal Alternative

If you are unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
PO Box 3011
Commerce, Texas 75429-3011

Statement of Goals

Submit a written statement that addresses your career objectives and how the master’s degree will help you meet those goals.

  • Must be 1-2 pages, up to 500 words.

Resume or CV

Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) which includes your academic and professional history and achievements.

Look for application updates in myLeo > Apps > Check Application Status

  • Once an admission decision has been made, you will receive an email to your student email account at myLeo > Apps > Leomail.

Step 3. Apply for Financial Assistance

  • Apply for FAFSA and TAFSA financial aid through the state and federal governments during the admission application process. Use code 003565.
  • Apply for outside scholarships once you are admitted to A&M-Commerce.
  • Check your financial aid and scholarship info through myLeo > Student Resources > Financial Aid Information.

Step 4. Register for Classes

Once registration opens and you are eligible to enroll, your graduate enrollment specialist is here to help you complete registration.

Contact your graduate enrollment specialist if you have any questions regarding your degree plan and registration.

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Master of Science in Chemistry:: Admissions Requirements, International

Deadlines

  • Fall admission consideration: June 1
  • Spring admission consideration: October 15
  • Summer admission consideration: March 15

Your Path to Becoming a Lion

Step 1. Submit Application

Submit your application through ApplyTexas.

  • Select “Create a new graduate school admissions application.”
  • Select “Texas A&M University-Commerce (Commerce)” as your “Target University.”

  • Select “Chemistry, MS” as your “Major.”
  • Pay the $75 application fee.

Wait to receive an application confirmation email before proceeding to the next step.

  • After you submit your application, the Graduate School will send a confirmation email within two business days to the personal email account you used for ApplyTexas.

Step 2. Submit Documents

Submit the following documents after you receive an application confirmation email.

Official Transcripts

Contact your previous institution(s) and request that they send your official transcripts to [email protected].

  • We recommend that you request transcripts for all of your academic work.
Postal Alternative

If you are unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
2600 S. Neal St.
Commerce Texas 75428

We will need official/original documents. If those documents are the only copies you have, the Graduate School can mail them back to you upon request. Contact [email protected] for more information.

2 Letters of Recommendation

Request two signed letters of recommendation, on letterhead, from professionals who can attest to your goals and ability to succeed in the program. Those individuals should:

Postal Alternative

If you are unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
2600 S. Neal St.
Commerce Texas 75428

Statement of Goals

Submit a 1-2 page written statement that addresses your career objectives and how the master’s degree will help you meet those goals.

Resume or CV

Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) which includes your academic and professional history and achievements.

English Proficiency

You do not need to submit test scores if you have completed (all years) of a bachelor’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited university in the United States.

Request that your scores from one of the following be sent to Texas A&M University-Commerce:

  • TOEFL (Minimum Scores: IBT 79, or CBT 213, or PBT 550)
  • IELTS (Minimum Score: 6.00 band overall)
  • PTE (Minimum Score: 53 overall or higher)
  • Duo Lingo (Minimum Score: 105)

*Scores must be less than two years old.

Official Sponsor Documents

Submit these documents to the Office of International Programs once you have been admitted

  • Official sponsor statement
  • Bank statement from the sponsor with a balance of at least $26,025 USD which is less than 1 year old

Look for application updates in myLeo > Apps > Check Application Status

  • Once an admission decision has been made, you will receive an email to your student email account at myLeo > Apps > Leomail.

Step 3. Apply for Financial Assistance

Step 4. Register for Classes

Once registration opens and you are eligible to enroll, your graduate enrollment specialist is here to help you complete registration.

Contact your graduate enrollment specialist if you have any questions regarding your degree plan and registration.

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Master of Science in Chemistry :: 1.18 Staff

We are here to help!

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Department of Chemistry :: Contact

Contact Us

  • P.O. Box 3011
  • Commerce, TX 75429-3011
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Chemistry (MS) Request Information

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Master of Science in Chemistry :: 1.14 RELATED DEGREE PROGRAMS

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