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Master of Science in Chemistry

Cleveland State University’s Master of Science degree in chemistry is designed for both full-time and part-time students. It provides advanced training for those who wish to further their careers in industry, laboratory medicine, or teaching, as well as students who feel the need for more study before pursuing a Ph.D. or MD. 

Graduate course offerings are scheduled in the evening so employed students can earn the degree on a part-time basis, taking one or two courses per semester. Graduate coursework at the MS level includes analytical, clinical, inorganic, medicinal, pharmaceutical, organic, and physical chemistry. Major instrumentation available in the program includes superconducting multinuclear NMR, automated X-ray diffractometer, GC-ion-trap MS, MALDITOF and LC-ESI-triple quadrupole and LC-ESI-ion-trap mass spectrometers, capillary electrophoresis, HPLC, GCFTIR, FTIR spectrometers, UV-visible spectrophotometers, liquid scintillation counter, immunoassay instrumentation, fluorescence spectrometer, atomic absorption spectrometers, EPR, and extensive computer capabilities. Students also have ready access to the facilities and the state-of-the-art instrumentation available at the Cleveland Clinic

The MS program in chemistry offers both thesis and non-thesis options, except in the area of clinical chemistry, which is a course work only program.



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Admission Requirements

  • Application Form
  • Application Fee
  • Undergraduate Transcripts
  • Scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) aptitude and chemistry subject test areas. 
    • GRE scores can be waived for students with a GPA of 3.0 and above. 

*In addition to meeting the College of Graduate Studies requirements for admission, applicants for graduate study (Master's and Ph.D.) in chemistry must have had one year of general, organic, analytical, and physical chemistry; a year of physics; and mathematics through partial derivatives and multiple integrals. Applicants lacking any of these requirements may be admitted, but any deficiency must be made up as soon as possible. Credits earned in remedial courses do not count toward degree requirements.

*Admission to the program is based on a combination of a candidate’s undergraduate GPA and the graduate admission test score.  

-International students are required to have met at least one of the following English language proficiency requirements:

  • TOEFL iBT (Internet-Based): 78 & at least 17 in each section
  • TOEFL PBT (Paper-Based): 550
  • IELTS: 6.0 and at least 5.0 in each section
  • PTE (Pearson’s Test of English): 50
  • iTEP: 3.8

Admission Deadlines

All applications must be submitted and complete on the following application deadline dates:

  • Domestic Students
    • Rolling
  • International Students
    • Fall Semester - July 21st
    • Spring Semester - December 10th

Program Requirements

The formal course work for the MS degree is structured around a core of courses that includes 9 to 12 credit hours of advanced chemistry courses from three chemistry categories and 2 credit hours of chemistry seminar.

At least 1 course must be chosen from Analytical, Organic, and Environmental Chemistry. 

Analytical Chemistry

  • CHM 612  /  CHM 712 - Advanced Analytical Chemistry
  • CHM 613  /  CHM 713 - Advanced Electroanalytical Chemistry
  • CHM 614  /  CHM 714 - Chromatography and Separation
  • CHM 615  /  CHM 715 - Advanced Mass Spectrometry
  • CHM 616  /  CHM 716 - Advanced Spectroscopic Methods
  • CHM 661  /  CHM 761 - Macromolecular Structure and Dynamics

Organic Chemistry

  • CHM 531 - Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • CHM 630  /  CHM 730 - Special Topics In Organic Chemistry
  • CHM 631  /  CHM 731 - Organic Structure and Bonding
  • CHM 633  /  CHM 733 - Organic Reactions

Environmental Chemistry

  • CHM 504 - Environmental Chemistry
  • CHM 506 - Environmental Chemsitry Laboratory
  • CHM 507 - Environmental Toxicology
  • CHM 604  /  CHM 704 - Special Topics In Environmental Chemistry

Chemistry Seminar (2 Credit Hours)

  • CHM 695  /  CHM 795 - Chemistry Seminar

The remaining credit requirements may be fulfilled with any combination of elective courses suitable to a desired concentration and approved by the student's advisor.

Did You Know?

The median annual wage for chemists was $76,890 in May 2018.

Bureau of Labor Statistics


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Career Outcomes

  • Graduates are working in a diverse range of settings including: analytical service laboratories, government laboratories, biomedical laboratories, industrial laboratories, and pharmaceutical laboratories.
  • Graduates can find positions including: analytical chemist, biotechnologist, chemical engineer, healthcare scientist, toxicologist, laboratory technician, research scientist, and nanotechnologist.
  • These are some of the local companies that are hiring CSU grads: BASF Corporation, Columbia Chemical, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, PPG Industries, Lubrizol, Element Materials Technology, Sherwin-Williams, NPA Coatings, and Xelia Pharmaceuticals.