Master of Science in Chemistry
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Why Choose Chemistry?
You will find the graduate education experience at Wright State University an interesting and exciting transition from student to independent scientist, and the chemistry department faculty look forward to working with you as you continue your education.
You will begin this program by taking chemistry courses, much as you did as an undergraduate. Upon the completion of this program, you will present a thesis describing your own research, which contributes to the body of new knowledge in chemistry. This process is not the simple progression the foregoing statement might imply. This program takes approximately two years of hard work. And, while you are taking courses, you will normally be serving as a teaching assistant for undergraduate courses. The experience and knowledge you obtain will remain with you always. A productive chemist never loses the attitude of an inquiring student.
The chemistry department offers a research-based program of study in two dedicated Master of Science (M.S.) degree programs. The M.S. in Chemistry degree is available with a research concentration in these traditional areas:
- Analytical chemistry
- Inorganic chemistry
- Organic chemistry
- Physical and theoretical chemistry
- Environmental, polymer, and materials chemistry
- Bioorganic synthetic chemistry
- Chemical education.
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Academics and Curriculum
To qualify for the Master of Science degree, you must fulfill the requirements of the Graduate School, complete 18 credit hours of course work and a minimum of 12 credit hours of thesis research, submit an acceptable thesis, and pass a written or an oral examination. You will also choose a research concentration.
View the Master of Science in Chemistry program information and degree requirements in the Academic Catalog.
To apply to the chemistry graduate program, follow the process on the Wright State Graduate School page. If you apply for admittance to the chemistry Master of Science program, you are automatically considered for a graduate teaching assistantship.
You will begin the program by taking courses in chemistry, much as you did as an undergraduate. Complete your studies by presenting a thesis describing your own research, which contributes to the body of new knowledge in chemistry. The program takes approximately two years of work. While you are taking courses, you will normally be serving as a teaching assistant for undergraduate courses.
To meet the minimum requirements for admission to the graduate program in chemistry, you must fulfill the requirements for admission established by the Graduate School. In addition, you must have completed most of the requirements of a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, which includes one academic year of general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics and physical chemistry with associated laboratories, as well as one year of calculus, additional courses in quantitative analytical chemistry, instrumental analytical chemistry with laboratories, and inorganic chemistry. If you do not meet these requirements, you will be asked to do some remedial work in addition to fulfilling the usual graduate degree requirements. Deficiencies in instrumental analysis and inorganic chemistry may be removed with graduate credits toward the degree. Ideally, physical chemistry deficiencies should be removed before applying to this program.
You may also be asked to submit a statement of educational and professional goals and specialty interest, and two letters of recommendation attesting to your readiness for graduate research and suitability to serve as a teaching assistant.
Additional information about graduate studies in chemistry is available by completing the information request form.
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