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Chemistry often is considered the liberal arts degree of the technical world and serves as an integral component of modern research in medicine, the environment, new materials and energy technology. Chemists study the atomic and molecular properties of materials and evaluate the subsequent reactions.

Overview

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers a master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees in chemistry. Students also can pursue an accelerated master’s program to start logging graduate level coursework while still completing a TU undergraduate degree.

The thesis program is strongly recommended for those planning to pursue graduate study at the Ph.D. level and for those intending to pursue research-oriented employment. By the end of the first semester, the student should select a research area and a thesis advisor who will supervise the research and the remainder of the student’s course work.

The non-thesis option is provided for students who desire a stronger foundation in chemistry for professional schools or personal knowledge.

Program Objectives

Master of Science in Chemistry

  1. Focus on coursework and independent research supervised by a faculty advisor (thesis option).
  2. Develop a working knowledge of basic chemical principles, an understanding of their application in the laboratory, and the critical thinking skills needed to succeed in their field.
  3. Develop and implement an independent research project in the basic chemical sciences that is expected to generate novel results contributing to their field.

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry

  1. Completed coursework and cumulative exams to demonstrate proficiency in fundamental and advanced topics in chemistry.
  2. Successfully presented to their thesis committee preliminary independent research results obtained under the direction of their research advisor.
  3. Have the ability to independently assess chemical problems in their field and devise solutions.
  4. Gain a large breadth of laboratory, writing, critical thinking, and presentation skills.
Degree Options

Chemistry, Thesis Option, M.S.

Strongly recommended for those planning to pursue graduate study at the Ph.D. level and for those intending to pursue research-oriented employment.

Chemistry, Non-Thesis Option, M.S.

Provides students with a stronger foundation in chemistry for professional schools or personal knowledge.

Chemistry, M.S. (Accelerated Master’s)

Allows TU undergraduate student to being logging graduate hours while completing a bachelor’s degree, reducing the time for completion of the master’s degree.

Chemistry, Ph.D.

Geared toward graduate students who are looking for additional career options beyond those available with a master’s degree and for those intending to pursue research-oriented employment.

Application Requirements

To be considered for graduate admission, the following items must be submitted to the Graduate School:

  • A completed Graduate School application
  • Statement of Purpose (admission essay)
  • 2 letters of recommendation from individuals who can comment on your academic potential.
  • Official or unofficial transcripts from all universities attended
  • GRE General Test results
  • $55 application fee
  • International students who studied at a university outside of the U.S. will also need to submit TOEFL or IELTS results