Chemistry MS

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College : Sciences Degree :MS
Department : Chemistry Option : Thesis, Nonthesis
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The Master of Science in Chemistry (MS) program prepares students for careers in the chemical industry or further graduate studies.


The Chemistry MS program offers both a thesis option and a nonthesis option. The thesis option requires a minimum of 30 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, including 16 credit hours of required courses, at least 6 credit hours of thesis research, and 8 credit hours of electives that must be approved by the student’s advisory committee. The nonthesis option requires a minimum of 31 credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree, including 16 credit hours of required courses, 14 credit hours of electives that must be approved by the student's advisory committee, and 1 credit hour of independent study that culminates in a research report.
Total Credit Hours Required:
30-31 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Qualifying Examinations

All students must satisfy qualifying (proficiency) requirements in four of the five areas (analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and physical chemistry) during the first year by taking exams in four of these five subjects. Additional course work may be required if one or more of the qualifying exams are not satisfied. Satisfaction of this requirement will help ensure that all students are adequately prepared for the core courses. If students do not satisfy the proficiency exam requirements within the first year, they may be subject to dismissal from the program.

Required Courses—16 Credit Hours

Students must take four of the following courses. If a student successfully completes all five required courses, one course will count toward fulfilling the electives requirement.

  • CHM 6710 Applied Analytical Chemistry (3 credit hours)
  • CHS 6240 Chemical Thermodynamics (3 credit hours)
  • CHS 6251 Applied Organic Synthesis (3 credit hours)
  • CHM 6440 Kinetics and Catalysis (3 credit hours)
  • BCH 6740 Applied Biochemistry (3 credit hours)

In addition, students must complete the following seminar.

  • CHM 6936 Graduate Chemistry Seminar (1 credit hour, taken four times)

Elective Courses—8 Credit Hours

All students must take 8 credit hours of electives from the following list. All elective courses must be approved by the student’s advisory committee.

  • CHM 5225 Advanced Organic Chemistry (3 credit hours)
  • CHM 5235 Applied Molecular Spectroscopy (3 credit hours)
  • CHM 5305 Applied Biological Chemistry (3 credit hours)
  • CHM 5450 Polymer Chemistry (3 credit hours)
  • CHM 5451C Techniques in Polymer Science (3 credit hours)
  • CHM 5580 Advanced Physical Chemistry (3 credit hours)
  • CHM 6134 Advanced Instrumental Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • CHM 6711 Chemistry of Materials (3 credit hours)
  • CHS 6260 Chemical Unit Operations and Separations (3 credit hours)
  • CHS 6261 Chemical Process and Product Development (2 credit hours)
  • CHS 6613 Current Topics in Environmental Chemistry (3 credit hours)
  • CHM/CHS Special topics courses

Thesis Option—6 Credit Hours

  • CHM 6971 Thesis (6 credit hours)

The grounding in scientific research methodology provided by the thesis requirement is a central focus of the thesis option in the Chemistry MS program. Students will conduct research either on site or at the professional laboratories where they work. In either case, a member of the UCF Chemistry Department faculty will act as research adviser and approve the research topic. This research culminates in the writing and presentation of the thesis. The student will present his/her thesis for final examination (oral defense of thesis) by a committee consisting of three members including the research adviser. The committee has to be approved by the Graduate Coordinator of the Chemistry program. The thesis must be judged worthy of publication by the review committee and may not be submitted for examination until so deemed. For nonresident students, the thesis adviser will visit the student’s laboratory, where their research is to be performed, before the research begins and on a regular basis until the work is complete.

Nonthesis Option—7 Credit Hours

Nonthesis students take an additional 7 credit hours of courses, including 6 credit hours of electives from the list above and 1 credit hour of independent study, resulting in a required research report of independent learning experience.

  • Electives (6 credit hours)
  • CHM 6908 Independent Study (1 credit hour)

Equipment Fee

Full-time students in the Chemistry MS program pay a $90 equipment fee each semester that they are enrolled. Part-time students pay $45 per semester.

Independent Learning

For the thesis option, the grounding in scientific research methodology is a central focus. This research culminates in the writing and presentation of the thesis. For the nonthesis option, students take an additional 6 credit hours of approved electives and one-credit hour of Independent Study (CHM 6908), which culminates in a required report of the independent study experience.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years.
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Meeting minimum UCF admission criteria does not guarantee program admission. Final admission is based on evaluation of the applicant's abilities, past performance, recommendations, match of this program and faculty expertise to the applicant's career/academic goals, and the applicant's potential for completing the degree.

Application Deadlines

All application materials must be submitted by the appropriate deadline listed below.

Chemistry MS *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15Jul 15Dec 1


International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15Jul 1


International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Mar 1Sep 1


*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.