Application Deadlines
Fall:January 5
Contact Information: 
C-100 BNSN, Provo, UT 84602-5700
(801) 422-9794
Program Requirements: 

The chemistry MS degree provides specialized study and research on an advanced level. It includes about one year of course work beyond the bachelor’s degree and the development of a significant research project presented in a thesis. The MS student will select one of the four chemistry areas of emphasis, but there is sufficient flexibility in course and committee selection that a program of study can acquire a significant interdisciplinary character. The added preparation in theory and practice allows the chemical scientist to assume responsibility and supervision beyond that normally given with bachelor’s level study. The MS degree is adequate preparation for some industry and junior college teaching positions. The master’s degree is generally not necessary as a preparatory step for the PhD degree.

Requirements for Degree.

  • Credit hours (30): 24 hours of course work and research plus 6 thesis hours (Chem 699R).
  • Required courses: Chem 692R and 594R (multiple semesters), 601, 694, and other courses as required by the area of emphasis and as specified by committee.
  • Semi-annual progress review, examinations and presentations. 
  • Thesis.
  • Final oral examination consisting of two parts: (A) public presentation of original research described in thesis; (B) comprehensive examination on course work, research, and thesis.
Admission Requirements: 

Required Tests

GRE recommended; GRE required for fellowship consideration

Additional Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree or equivalent preparation in chemistry
  • Resume

Fellowship consideration deadline: January 5

Program Outcomes: 

Productive and Ethical Contributors

Graduates of this program will demonstrate the necessary skills to become productive and ethical contributors to scientific research. They will be prepared to further their educations through additional graduate training, enter industry, and/or begin an academic career. This broad outcome is further elaborated in outcomes 2-5.

Critical Evaluation of Current Research

Program graduates will understand and critically evaluate current research in their chosen subdiscipline in chemistry. Coursework that builds upon the students' undergraduate education will provide the initial steps to achieve this outcome. Continued critical reading of current literature is essential for reaching this outcome.

Proficiency in Laboratory Techniques

Program graduates will demonstrate proficiency in laboratory techniques necessary to contribute to knowledge in their chosen subdiscipline in chemistry.

Effective Writing, Communication, and Presentation

Program graduates will learn to effectively write scientific manuscripts describing their research and to make oral presentations of their research at scientific meetings.

Research Skills

Program graduates will demonstrate the ability to conduct research that contributes in a meaningful way to current knowledge in their chosen subdiscipline of chemistry or related areas.