The Department of Chemistry at Case Western Reserve University strives to provide a world-class program of research and coursework for pursuit of graduate degrees in Chemistry. The MS program is designed to equip students with a strong foundation for a career in chemistry, areas allied with chemistry, and chemical management. To accomplish this mission, the department offers lecture and laboratory courses, seminars, and research experience. Additionally, the department partners with the School of Graduate Studies for professional career development, the Career Center for internships at renowned companies and organizations, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Center for International Affairs for intercultural exchange.
Acceptance into the MS program is without financial support.Applicants are welcome to apply to our Chemistry LEAD Scholars program to receive an academic scholarship. More information on the Chemistry LEAD Scholars can be found here. Exceptional Master’s students may wish to further their studies by pursuing a subsequent PhD in our department or elsewhere.
Earn an MS in Chemistry
A bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biochemistry, or related field is required for admission to the MS program, normally with a GPA of 3.0/4.0. Completed applications include official transcripts of the student’s total record in higher education and at least three letters of recommendation from science teachers or supervisors. All applicants are required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Applicants from non-English speaking universities are also required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
Students apply to the Master of Science, Plan B program, which is a coursework-based program of 30 credits. Students choose from rigorous courses in a variety of areas, including analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry as well as biochemistry, electrochemistry, materials, nanochemistry, photochemistry, polymers, and solar energy.
Seven formal graduate courses (400-level or higher) of three credits each are required. Five of these courses must be chemistry courses. The remaining 9 credits may consist of additional graduate courses, special readings, research, and up to six credits of advanced undergraduate courses (300 level).
Three credits of independent study under the guidance of a faculty member are also required for the Master of Science, Plan B. Students choose either the Special Readings in Chemistry (CHEM 507, 508) or Research (CHEM 601) course. Students wishing additional research experience may petition to change to the Master of Science, Plan A program, which requires at least six credits of Thesis M.S. (CHEM 651).
All entering students take American Chemical Society placement examinations in the five major chemistry disciplines (analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic, and physical) in order to help the department advise the student in selecting coursework.
A weekly seminar program, including Frontiers in Chemistry, provides lectures by invited speakers in various areas of chemical research and a vital means to broaden current knowledge of chemistry.
A comprehensive examination is required for the Master of Science, Plan B. In order to help the student learn about a wide range of topics in chemistry, enrollment every semester in the 0-credit Chemistry Colloquium Series (CHEM 605) course is required in place of the comprehensive examination for the Master of Science, Plan B.
An individual, written thesis and an oral examination of the thesis are required for the Master of Science, Plan A.
An application checklist and other requirements can be found on our graduate programs admission page.