Jun 23, 2024  
2019-20 Graduate Catalog 
2019-20 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry, M.S.

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Charles Chusuei, Program Director
(615) 898-2079

The Department of Chemistry  offers a Master of Science degree with a major in Chemistry. The department also participates in the interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs in Computational Science , Molecular Biosciences , and Mathematics and Science Education and its concentrations in Biological Education , Chemical Education Mathematics Education Interdisciplinary Science Education . Also offered is a minor in Chemistry at the graduate level.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Applications for admission are considered year-round with preference being given to students who apply by the following deadlines: March 1 for Summer/Fall, and October 1 for Spring.

Admissions are based on a comprehensive assessment of a candidate’s qualifications including a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and undergraduate and graduate grade point average.

An applicant must have an undergraduate minor in chemistry or its equivalent at time of admission.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Applicant must

  1. submit an application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
  2. submit official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
  3. submit official transcripts of all previous college work.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Chemistry requires a minimum of 30 semester hours with no more than 30 percent of the total degree hours dually listed as undergraduate/graduate.

Candidate must

  1. prepare an annual plan of study for the following twelve months with the academic advisor;
  2. successfully complete and present an original thesis approved by the student’s advisory committee;
  3. successfully complete a comprehensive examination in conjunction with the defense of the thesis (may be taken no more than twice).

Curriculum: Chemistry

The following illustrates the minimum coursework requirements. In addition, a maximum of 19 hours of thesis research may be required to fulfill degree requirements.

Required Courses (17 hours)

Electives (5-7 hours)

Complete 5-7 credit hours (maximum of 7) of additional approved chemistry graduate courses or approved cognate courses in biology, mathematics, computer science, or physics.

Thesis Research (8-19 hours)

NOTE: No more than 19 hours of thesis research may be applied toward degree requirements.

Program Notes

Candidate must

  1. file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program;
  2. file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which candidate intends to graduate.

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