Mississippi College

The Master of Combined Sciences program with a major in Chemistry is designed for the person who wishes to pursue a program of graduate study that will provide added depth in chemistry as well as supporting information in related fields.

Admission to the Program

  1. All general requirements for admission to the Graduate School of Mississippi College must be met.  A combined score of 850 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE or a score of at least 450 on either section and a score of 2.5 on the Writing Assessment Test of the GRE General Examination is required for most graduate programs.  Departments may exercise discretion for students who score between 800 and 840 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE and have at least a 3.5 undergraduate GPA.  Students seeking Class AA Educator License must have met the State minimum scores on the three sections of the NTE Core Battery (Communication Skills-651; General Knowledge-646; Professional Knowledge-649) or PPST (Reading-170; Writing-172; Mathematics-169) or CBT (Reading-316; Writing-318; Mathematics-314).
  2. Twenty-four semester hours of undergraduate work in chemistry and the necessary pre-requisites in the minor field are required.

Requirements of the Program

  1. A minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate work must be completed.
  2. A thesis based on laboratory or library research may be substituted for 6 semester hours of course work.
  3. The major shall consist of 18-21 hours of chemistry and minor shall consist of 9-12 hours chosen from Biology, Computer Science, Mathematics or Physics with no less than 6 hours in any subject area chosen.
  4. In their last semester of enrollment, candidates for the MCS must take an oral comprehensive examination based upon course work used to satisfy degree requirements.  If applicable, the oral exam will also include a defense of the thesis.  If judged unsatisfactory, all or part of the written and/or oral examination may be retaken once in the following semester or summer term.

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