Chemistry Master's Requirements
Complete these requirements for a master's degree in Chemistry.
The applicant must meet the School of Graduate Studies’ current minimum general admission requirements as published in the graduate catalog. These requirements pertain to all MS chemistry tracks* including thesis and non-thesis options, combined and accelerated BS/MS, and professional science master (PSM) degrees.
- A four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
- For thesis students, a degree with a major in chemistry
- For non-thesis students, a degree with a major in chemistry or related area, with strong background in Chemistry or a minor or its equivalent (on the approval by the Department).
- A cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.75 for all undergraduate work or a GPA of at least 3.0 for the junior and senior years of undergrad work (based on a 4.00 scale).
- Undergraduate credit in mathematics through integral calculus (For the Non-Thesis, BS/MS, and PSM options, Applied Calculus may suffice if approved by the Department).
- One year of physics.
- Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies’ English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.
- Application Requirements.** In addition to the application form and fee, the following must be submitted as part of the application process:
- Three letters of recommendation
- One official copy of all academic transcripts
- Statement of goals and objectives
*Students in these programs are not a priority for Departmental financial support through Teaching/Research Assistantships and/or tuition waivers.
**For other, program-specific requirements, see below
The Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s (ABM) 4+1 program allows exceptional undergraduate students at UND an opportunity to complete the requirements for both the bachelor’s and the master’s degree at an accelerated pace. All requirements for both degrees must be met, and the students may double count up to 12 graduate-level credits toward the requirements for both their bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. ABM students must obtain their master’s degree within 12 months of completing the bachelor’s degree.
The Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s (CBM) program allows qualified undergraduate students at UND an opportunity to complete the requirements for both the bachelor’s and the master’s degree on a faster timeline. All requirements for both degrees must be met, and the students may double count up to 6 graduate-level credits toward the requirements for both their bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.
- Students must have completed at least 60 credits toward the bachelor’s degree
- A cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.00 for all undergraduate work.
- One year general chemistry, one year organic chemistry. One semester analytical chemistry, and one semester physical chemistry are desired. Students with a different background in Chemistry will be placed on the level appropriate to their BS degree and/or prior background.
- Must submit a combined/accelerated program of study with the application
Students seeking the Master of Science Degree at the University of North Dakota must satisfy all general requirements set forth by the School of Graduate Studies as well as particular requirements set forth by the Chemistry Department.
- A minimum of 32 semester credits in a major field, including the credits granted for the thesis and the research leading to the thesis.
- At least sixteen (16) credits must be at or above the 500-level in chemistry and related fields.
- A maximum of one-fourth of the credit hours required for the degree may be transferred from another institution.
- CHEM 509 Graduate Seminar - minimum 1 credit. (This course requires the commitment of student's technical mentor in the topic area. The spring course is on technical literature review; the fall course is on technical proposal writing.)
- Scholarly Tools: Up to nine (9) credit hours of foundational classes listed below, in place of non-mandatory classes within the total of 32 credit hours. Some may be stipulated by the Department.
Course List Code Title Credits CHEM 361 Problem Solving in Organic Chemistry I 1 CHEM 362 Problem Solving in Organic Chemistry II 1 CHEM 441 Instrumental Analysis I - Spectroscopy 2 CHEM 442 Instrumental Analysis II - Electrochemistry 2 CHEM 443 Instrumental Analysis III - Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry 2 CHEM 454 Inorganic Chemistry II 3 CHEM 455 Spectroscopy and Structure 3 CHEM 463 Advanced Synthesis Laboratory 3 CHEM 466 Fundamentals of Physical and Biophysical Chemistry 3 CHEM 470 Thermodynamics Kinetics 3 CHEM 471 Quantum Mechanics Spectroscopy 3
6. Required Courses
- One (1) credit of Special Topics in Chemistry, CHEM 519
- Minimum fourteen (14) credits of combined Research and Thesis credits
- CHEM 599 Research 10-12 credits; some of these credits may be replaced by Scholarly Tools as described above if deemed appropriate as long as the minimum requirement is met.
- CHEM 998 Thesis4-6 credits
- Six (6) credit hours from one of the three specific major sequences below:
Course List Code Title Credits Analysis and Applications Select two of the following: 6CHEM 541 Analytical SpectroscopyCHEM 542 Electrochemical MethodsCHEM 543 Chromatography Synthetic Select any two of the following: 6CHEM 511 Advanced Inorganic ChemistryCHEM 512 Organometallic Chemistry CHEM 520 Advanced Organic Chemistry I 3CHEM 521 Advanced Organic Chemistry IICHEM 522 Advanced Organic Chemistry IIICHEM 475 Materials Chemistry Theory Select two of the following: 6CHEM 530 Chemical Thermodynamicsor PHYS 543 Statistical Physicsor CHE 509 Advanced Chemical Engineering ThermodynamicsCHEM 531 Chemical DynamicsCHEM 532 Quantum Mechanics in Chemistryor PHYS 539 Quantum Mechanics
7. Six (6) credit hours of 500-level chemistry courses from two sequences other than the major. Foundational classes from other divisions may be included. Three (3) of these credits may be from other Departments.
Non-Thesis, ABM/CBM and PSM Options
6. Satisfactory completion of an appropriate standardized American Chemical Society (ACS) exam(s) to be determined by the student's Advisory Committee (not required for PSM).
7. Required Courses:
- At least twelve (12) credit hours from the following list:
Course List Code Title Credits CHEM 541 Analytical Spectroscopy 3 CHEM 542 Electrochemical Methods 3 CHEM 543 Chromatography 3 CHEM 510 Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry 3 CHEM 511 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 3 CHEM 512 Organometallic Chemistry 3 CHEM 520 Advanced Organic Chemistry I 3 CHEM 521 Advanced Organic Chemistry II 3 CHEM 522 Advanced Organic Chemistry III 3 CHEM 475 Materials Chemistry 3 CHEM 530 Chemical Thermodynamics 3 CHEM 531 Chemical Dynamics 3 CHEM 532 Quantum Mechanics in Chemistry 3 CHE 509 Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 3 PHYS 539 Quantum Mechanics 3 PHYS 543 Statistical Physics 3
- Experiential component to be determined by the student’s advisory committee. The final experiential component has two options. Both options must include the final product, both written (report) and oral (presentation) to be evaluated by the Advisory Committee.
Option 1. Two (2) credits of CHEM 997, Independent Studies, or CHEM 519, Special Topics in Chemistry. Preparation of a written independent study and oral presentation of results to the advisor and interested faculty are required for successful completion of this course.
Option 2: A 3-6 credit research experience via Chem 599 research credit.
Remaining course work for Non-thesis and ABM/CBM options
8. The rest of the classes (15 credits for non-thesis, up to 9 credits for ABM/CBM including the double counted course work) may be taken from other Departments, based on student interests (including upper-level undergraduate classes if allowed for graduate credit and approved by the Advisory Committee). The Department of Chemistry encourages students to take interdisciplinary coursework. The following areas are recommended: Physics, Chemical Engineering, Atmospheric Sciences, Education. ABM/CBM may include up to three undergraduate foundation courses as Scholarly Tools with prior approval of student’s committee.
Remaining course work for PSM options
8. At least 13 PSM core credits from the following list (one credit of CHEM 509 is required, if taken for PSM, 2nd seminar should be taken) with a minimum one in each area:
|Quantitative/Analytic Skills Courses:|
|EFR 513||Large Dataset Management and Analysis||3|
|EFR 515||Statistics I||3|
|EFR 516||Statistics II||3|
|EFR 518||Multivariate Analysis||3|
|EFR 535||Data Analytics and Visualization with R||3|
|Cartography and Visualization|
and Cartography and Visualization Laboratory
|Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)|
and GIS Laboratory
|GEOG 476||Selected Topics in Geographic Information Systems||3|
|GEOG 574||Advanced Techniques in Geographic Information Systems||3|
|ENE 530||Applied Engineering Business Analysis||3|
|ESSP 520||Earth Systems Modeling||3|
|ESSP 540||Advanced Topics in Geospatial Technologies||3|
|PSYC 540||Foundations of Behavioral Data Analytics||3|
|Professional Skills Courses:|
|COMM 516||Principles of Professional Communication||3|
|COMM 524||International/Intercultural Communication for Professionals||3|
|COMM 527||Persuasion & Persuasive Communication||3|
|COMM 529||Science Communication||3|
|ENGL 408||Advanced Public and Professional Writing||3|
|ENGL 540||Science Writing||3|
|ENGR 554||Applied Project Management||3|
|ESSP 562||Environmental Economics, Policy and Management||3|
|ESSP 570||Communicating Environmental Information||3|
|CHEM 509||Graduate Seminar (Literature Review, Intro to Proposal Writing)||1|
|ENGL 599||Special Topic (Writing Science)||1-3|
|ENGR 554||Applied Project Management||3|
|ENE 533||Project Dynamics & Strategy Modeling||3|
The requirements on this page are pulled from UND’s academic catalog and may not reflect future terms. Updates are published annually in April.
Graduate Admissions Requirements
In addition to meeting these program requirements, you must also meet the UND School of Graduate Studies admissions requirements to apply for this program.
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