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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

M.S. in Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry offers an M.S. degree with both thesis and non-thesis options. Like the Ph.D., these programs of study contain both coursework and proficiency requirements. The M.S. with thesis option also requires the preparation and oral defense of a research thesis. Students who choose the non-thesis option participate in a final culminating experience that may take the form of a presentation, exam, or literature study.

M.S. in Chemistry with Thesis

A candidate for this degree must:

  • pass qualifying breadth examinations in two of the major fields of chemistry
  • maintain grade-point average requirements
  • satisfy the coursework and credit requirements
  • submit a satisfactory thesis
  • pass a final oral examination based upon the thesis and related topics

M.S. in Chemistry without Thesis

A candidate for this degree must:

  • pass qualifying breadth examinations in two of the major fields of chemistry
  • maintain grade-point average requirements
  • satisfy the coursework and credit requirements
  • complete a culminating experience of one of the following:
    • passing a comprehensive examination based on coursework
    • completing a library study
    • presenting a public seminar within the department