Chemistry, MS

for the degree of Master of Science in Chemistry

department head chemistry: Catherine J. Murphy

overview of admissions & requirements:   

overview of grad college admissions & requirements:  

department website: Chemistry

department faculty:

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department office: 109 Noyes Laboratory, 505 South Mathews Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801-3080

phone: (217) 333-0711


Graduate Degree Programs in Chemistry

Chemistry, MA

Chemistry, MS

Chemistry, PhD


Astrochemistry|Computational Science & Engineering

Chemical Physics, PhD

Teaching of Chemistry, MS


For those interested in pursuing a Master's degree, applications are not encouraged except for the Master's Program in the Teaching of Chemistry. 

Graduate College requirements apply. Further, applicants should have at least 25 semester hours in chemistry (properly distributed) and a grade point average of 3.0 (A = 4.0), to be considered for admission to the graduate programs. Applications from students with less than the usual preparation in chemistry or with grade point averages below 3.0 may be considered on an individual basis. 

International students whose native language is not English are required to have a minimum paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 580 (237 on the computer-based test). In addition, teaching is a requirement in the chemistry graduate program, and there are special requirements for applicants whose native language is not English. The University requires a minimum Test of Spoken English (TSE) score of 50. Any applicant whose native language is not English is expected to provide TSE scores in order to receive full consideration for admission and financial aid.

Students might be admitted without a degree from their current institution under exceptional circumstances that will need to be described in detail via a letter from the applicant and a separate statement from the department head of the student's current graduate program.

Contact chemistry graduate admissions for further information. 

Financial Aid

Support for graduate students is available through fellowships and assistantships. All candidates are considered for these upon application. Graduate students making normal progress toward their degrees generally receive a tuition waiver as well as a stipend.

for the degree of Master of Science in Chemistry

The program leading to the degree of Master Science in Chemistry is designed to be completed in one year of full-time study by students entering without deficiencies. A research thesis is optional.
For additional details and requirements refer to the department's Graduate Programs and the Graduate College Handbook.

Thesis Option

CHEM 599Thesis Research (12 max applied toward degree)12
Total Hours32

Other Requirements

Other requirements may overlap
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 12
Minimum GPA: 3.0

Non-Thesis Option

Total Hours32

Other Requirements

Other requirements may overlap
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 20 (16 in CHEM)
Minimum GPA: 3.0