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Chemistry & Biochemistry

Master of Science in Chemistry, Thesis Option

A research-based degree program designed to prepare students for a career in the chemical industry or for continued graduate study

Admission to the Program

  1. All general requirements for admission to the graduate school of Mississippi College must be met. Ordinarily, applications will be invited and received prior to June 30 for admission in the fall semester. Students will be notified by mail concerning their admissions status.
  2. Minimum criteria: Applicants must have achieved a B.S. in chemistry at an accredited institution. The Graduate Record Examination must have been taken not more than two years following the bachelor's degree or not more than five years prior to the entrance date into this program. The applicant shall have a score at or above the 40% percentile in each section of the examination.
  3. Provisional admission: Applicants with a B.A. in chemistry, B.S./B.A. in biological sciences, physics, mathematics, computing sciences, environmental science or equivalent and 24 semester hours of chemistry may be considered for provisional admission. The graduate faculty will evaluate the undergraduate course transcripts of the prospective student and determine whether a need exists for additional upper-division preparatory course work in any area of evaluated deficiency. A background in mathematics and physics (minimum: 6 semesters hours of calculus/analytic geometry, 6 semester hours physics) are required. Upon provisional admission, deficiencies must be completed within the first 18-months of entry into the program. Some courses taken to remediate deficiencies may not receive graduate credit.
  4. Transfer credit: Up to 6 semester hours of graduate course work in chemistry shall be allowed, but due to the thesis emphasis of the program, no research or thesis credit earned at another institution will be considered. Graduate credit at another accredited institution may offset deficiencies for purposes of provisional admission.
Requirement Class Name Hours
CHE 6530 Chemical Literature 3
CHE 6510 Chemical Instrumentation 3
CHE 6561 (3 times) Graduate Chemistry Seminar 3
CHE 6561 Master's Research 3
Choose 3-9 hours of the following    
CHE 5402 Advanced Organic Chemistry 4
CHE 5417 Theoretical Chemistry 3
CHE 5411 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 3
Choose 3-6 hours of the following    
CHE 6563 Thesis I 3
CHE 6564 Thesis II 3
  The program requires a student to take and pass four qualifying examinations in areas of the chemical specializations.  
  A research proposal prepared under the guidance of a member of the graduate chemistry faculty must be completed by the end of the second semester.  
Total Hours   30

Completion of the program will require no less than two and no more than six years. 

Fifteen of the thirty hours must be 6500-level or higher.