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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 Track (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 Track (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 Track (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 Costs

Program Costs

The tuition and fees for a graduate student in the taking 9 credit hours is $3,594 for a Texas resident and $6,897 for a non-resident.

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ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS International/Domestic Tabs

Admission Requirements

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Master of Science in Chemistry :: Admissions Requirements

Domestic Student Required Documents

  • Apply Texas application
  • $50 (USD) application fee
  • All official transcripts
    • Bachelor’s degree, including all transcripts used towards a bachelor’s degree
    • Any master’s degree transcript(s) with graduate coursework (if applicable)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of goals
  • Scores
    At least one of the following
    • Official General Test GRE scores
    • A completed bachelor’s degree from a U.S. regionally accredited university with a 3.00 GPA overall or higher
    • A completed master’s degree from a U.S. regionally accredited university with a 3.00 GPA overall or higher

Application Packet Submission Deadline

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

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Master of Science in Chemistry-(Aditya Editing) :: Admissions Requirements, International

International Student Required Documents

  • Apply Texas application
  • $75 (USD) application fee
  • All official transcripts
    • Bachelor’s degree, including all transcripts used towards bachelor’s degree
    • Any master’s degree transcript(s) with graduate coursework (if applicable)
    • A copy of the provisional certificate or diploma
  • Scores
    At least one of the following
    • Official General Test GRE scores
    • A completed bachelor’s degree from a U.S. regionally accredited university with a 3.00 GPA overall or higher
    • A completed master’s degree from a U.S. regionally accredited university with a 3.00 GPA overall or higher
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of goals
  • English proficiency
    Scores must be less than 2 years old.
    • Official TOEFL (Minimum Scores: IBT 79, or CBT 213, or PBT 550), or
    • Official IELTS (Minimum Score: 6.00 band overall), or
    • Official PTE (Minimum Score: 53 overall or higher), or
    • Completion (all years) of a bachelor’s degree or higher degree from a regionally accredited university in the United States

Application Packet Submission Deadlines

Applications (including all required documents and for programs that are not fully online) have the following deadlines:

Fall admission consideration: June 1

Spring admission consideration: October 15

Summer admission consideration: March 15

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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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Master of Science in Chemistry :: 1.14 RELATED DEGREE PROGRAMS

Related Degree Programs

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