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Program Overview

The Master of Science in Chemistry is often required for further advancement in the chemical industry and can open the doors to many opportunities, including careers in the academic world, industrial research and development, and in government laboratories. Students benefit from research opportunities in organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, biochemistry and nanoscience.

UMSL offers three types of Master of Science degrees in Chemistry:

  • The first is a 30 credit hour non-thesis option that provides a convenient way for students who are employed full-time to earn an advanced degree. 15 credits must be at the 5000 level or above and a maximum of 6 credits of CHEM 6905 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.
  • The second is a 32 credit hour Professional Science non-thesis track of which 16 credit hours must be at or above the 5000 level. Students must take 21 credit hours of chemistry, 9 hours in business, and 2 credits hours of internship or practicum. A maximum of 3 credits of CHEM 6897 may be applied toward the required minimum of number of chemistry credits (21 hours).
  • The third is a 30 credit hour program leading to a written 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 may be applied toward the required 30 hours. At least 9 hours must be at the 5000 level, excluding CHEM 6905.

Learn more about the program curriculum.

What UMSL Arts & Sciences has to offer

The College of Arts and Sciences at UMSL creates the next poets, conservation biologists, symphony soloists, psychological scientists, historians, criminologists, chemists, sculptors, painters, communicators, space explorers and speakers of French, German, Japanese and Spanish. With nearly 4,000 undergraduate students, 800 graduate students and 450 faculty, it’s the largest college and academic backbone of the university.

Supporting the university’s mission, the college provides a diverse student body access to an affordable, quality education with expert faculty. A strong focus on research and scholarship has students exploring the latest thought and theory, while giving them access to ground-breaking studies through undergraduate and graduate research opportunities. Emphasis on the arts and sciences working in communion leads to graduates with a holistic understanding of their fields, creating the best scholars for academia and professionals for the world.

The College of Arts and Sciences consists of some 275 full-time faculty members in 18 departments and is home to the School of Fine and Performing Arts. The college offers a wide range of degree programs in areas such as Anthropology, Art and Design, Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Biology, Chemistry, Communication and Media, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Economics, English, Languages and Cultural Studies, History, Mathematics and Computer Science, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, Political Science, Psychological Sciences, Sociology, and Theatre and Cinema Arts.

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