Master of Science (M.S.) & 4+1 M.S. Degree Program in Chemistry

M.S. in Chemistry

Chemistry StudentThe Master of Science (M.S.) degree program in chemistry will give you the opportunity to obtain a highly marketable chemistry degree and prepare you for a career as an industrial chemist or for further study in professional schools or doctoral programs.   The program is designed for students to finish in two years, including an original research project and a thesis. Teaching assistantships are available for graduate students, and there are a limited number of in- and out-of-state tuition waivers.   Although a baccalaureate degree is required, a degree in chemistry is not! We encourage applications from mathematics, computer science, physics, biology, environmental health, natural resources management, and clinical laboratory sciences undergraduates.   The M.S. Degree in Chemistry requires 30hrs of graduate work which include research, a written thesis and oral defense.


4+1 M.S. in Chemistry

The “4 + 1” degree program is designed to provide students working toward their Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Chemistry a means to earn a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Chemistry in one additional year.   The degree requirements for the 4+1 Program are identical with those of a traditional M.S. degree.  In order to complete the M.S. degree program in one year, students must start their research in their junior year and take their upper level chemistry course work at the graduate level.  Up to 12 credit hours of these upper level courses can be transferred toward the 30 credit hour requirements of the M.S. program. Students interested in pursuing the 4+1 B.S./M.S program should inform their academic advisor as soon as possible.

For more information, contact:
Brian Dinkelmeyer, graduate coordinator
229 Natural Sciences Building
Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC 28723
Phone: 828-227-3675
Fax:      828-227-7393


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