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We are pleased that you are considering graduate study in chemistry at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. SIUE has a graduate program in chemistry that is of an unusually high quality for an institution of fewer than 12,000 students. Members of the faculty are actively engaged in research and work closely with students in the program. Our graduates find ready acceptance into Ph.D. programs and achieve successful careers in industry, government, and education. Also, our graduates regularly recommend this program to others interested in graduate study in chemistry.


The Master of Science Degree in Chemistry


  • In addition to the admission requirements of the Graduate School, applicants for the graduate program in chemistry must have completed at least 36 semester hours in chemistry with an overall grade point average of 2.5 (A=4.0).

  • For international applicants, a minimum score of 590 on the paper based TOEFL test or 243 on the computer based TOEFL test is required. Applicants who do not meet these requirements may be admitted conditionally on the basis of such factors as outstanding performance in the last two years of undergraduate study.

  • All applicants must provide evidence to show they can participate effectively in the department's program. Such evidence might be completion of the baccalaureate degree in chemistry or a related science, previous related study or creative work, two letters of recommendation, research papers, and honors and awards.

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Program of Study:

  • All students must complete 30 semester hours of graduate course work with a grade point average of 3.2 or higher.

  • At least 24 hours must be in 500-level chemistry courses.

  • Both thesis and non thesis plans of study are available.

Required Courses:

Four out of five core courses are required of all students (12 hours):

  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (CHEM 511)

  • Advanced Analytical Chemistry (CHEM 531)

  • Advanced Organic Chemistry (CHEM 541)

  • Advanced Biochemistry (CHEM 551)

  • Advanced Physical Chemistry (CHEM 561)

All students must also complete six (6) hours of elective courses: This course work may include non-chemistry courses that will contribute to the student's career objectives. These must be approved by the student's adviser.

All students must also complete the Graduate Seminar requirement (2 hours): Each MS candidate must give two seminars and attend for four semesters (CHEM 575)

Thesis Plan (10 hours): Students in the thesis plan will complete their requirements with ten hours earned in CHEM 597 and 599 (research courses) and the writing of a thesis based on this work.

Non thesis Plan: Students in the non thesis plan must earn ten additional hours in 500 level courses in Chemistry. Candidates can petition the graduate committee to substitute 500 level courses in related disciplines. Students in the non thesis plan must also prepare and defend a final paper. This paper may be based on either the student's own research or on library material. It need not be as extensive as a thesis.

Final Examination: Students following the thesis plan of study will make an oral presentation and defense of their written thesis. The thesis must be based on the results of original research which the student has conducted.

Note: *Students who pursue the non thesis plan of study will also take an oral examination based on course work and defend their final paper*

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The Master of Science in Education With Chemistry Specialization

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