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The Master of Science in chemistry program provides students with rigorous training and preparation for advanced work in the profession of chemistry (analytical, physical, organic and inorganic), biochemistry, chemical biology and medicinal chemistry.
|Program Requirements||Quarter Hours|
|Total hours required||48|
Students will be able to:
- Critique the results of experiments and representative problems based on core chemical principles, both orally and in writing.
- Graphically represent scientific data for a professional audience.
Students will be able to:
- Formulate a chemical problem of interest and propose an appropriate solution.
- Integrate chemical knowledge to create a persuasive and justifiable scientific argument regarding results.
- State future directions for and impact of their work on the scientific community.
Graduate Common Core (9 courses/32 credit hours)
|CHE 494||SCIENCE WRITING AND COMMUNICATION||4|
|Select six of the following common core courses:||24|
|INORGANIC STRUCTURE AND REACTIVITY|
|PROTEIN STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION|
|ADVANCED TOPICS IN PROTEIN BIOCHEMISTRY|
|ADVANCED MECHANISTIC ORGANIC CHEMISTRY|
|ADVANCED SYNTHETIC ORGANIC CHEMISTRY|
|Select one of the following special topics courses:||4|
|SPECIAL TOPICS IN ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY|
|SPECIAL TOPICS IN BIOCHEMISTRY|
|SPECIAL TOPICS IN INORGANIC CHEMISTRY|
|SPECIAL TOPICS IN ORGANIC CHEMISTRY|
|SPECIAL TOPICS IN PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY|
In addition to the 9 courses at 32 credit hours in the Graduate Common Core, Chemistry students must complete the requirements within their chosen track: Thesis Track or one of the Non-Thesis Tracks.
- CHE 497 (minimum of 12 credit hours)
- One additional 4 credit-hour course at the 400-level (excluding CHE 497)
- In addition, MS thesis students must write a thesis based on their research project and successfully pass a two-part oral exam. The first part of the examination consists of the thesis presentation and defense; the second part is an oral examination concerning the student's general knowledge of chemistry.
Program Graduate Academic Student Handbook
Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 to remain in good standing. A student whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.75 will be placed on academic probation.
Students on probation have at most one academic quarter of coursework to raise their cumulative GPA to at least a 2.75. If a student does not, then he/she may be academically dismissed for a violation of satisfactory progress.
All students are expected to adhere to the Code of Student Responsibility as outlined in the Graduate Student Handbook. Any violation of the Code of Student Responsibility is considered very serious and is grounds for probation or dismissal at the discretion of the Chemistry Graduate Committee or Dean of Students.
An applicant may be admitted conditionally to the program at the discretion of the Chemistry Graduate Committee for one or more of the following reasons:
- Undergraduate GPA is less than 2.75 but the student has shown considerable promise in other areas (such as research).
- The applicant is missing one or two of the required courses but otherwise has met all of the criteria for admission; the applicant will be required to complete the missing coursework either at DePaul or comparable institution as a condition prior to taking graduate courses for which the missing course(s) is(are) prerequisite.
The Chemistry Graduate Committee will consider other circumstances not included in the above list on an individual basis.
Up to 12 quarter hours (or semester equivalent) of coursework may be accepted as transfer credit towards the M.S. degree for courses taken at another institution or through another DePaul program that articulate with current courses in the chemistry graduate program. Credits applied toward the completion of a degree at DePaul or another institution will not be accepted as transfer credit. Written approval must come from graduate program director and associate dean for graduate studies.
Students need a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in courses required by the program to be eligible for graduation.
Graduation with Distinction
Students may graduate “with distinction” by earning a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.75 for coursework applied toward the chemistry graduate program, or on the recommendation of the thesis defense committee.
Students pursuing a master's degree must complete all requirements for the master's degree within a maximum of six years from the first term of enrollment in the program.