Applicants must meet the CU Denver Graduate School admission requirements in addition to these specific Chemistry requirements:
• Undergraduate major in Chemistry or related discipline.
• Two semesters of organic chemistry.
• Training in analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, and inorganic chemistry.
• Students missing more than one of the above courses may be limited in the tracks that they are eligible to select and may be provided provisional admission.
• Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4-point scale) recommended but not required.
TOFEL/IELTS Minimum requirements:
550-Paper based exam
213-computer based exam
79-internet based exam
Our flexible program can accommodate you if you’re looking for a quick route to a graduate degree, if you want to complete a degree while staying at your current job, or if you want to delve into research to see if that is the path for you. A minimum of 20 semester hours must be formal lecture courses in the Department of Chemistry. Other credits can come from research, internships, thesis, independent study, and transfer credits.
The program is divided into three core areas. Students must select a track to pursue during their MS degree.
- Biochemistry Track – Emphasis on an understanding of biochemical principles governing metabolic diseases, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases.
- Synthesis and Measurement Track – Students learn how to prepare and characterize molecules and materials, and how to measure their properties.
- Molecular Modeling Track – Students learn fundamental principles and modern techniques in computer modeling and apply the acquired knowledge to solve practical problems in chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics, and material sciences.
Finally, students interested in gaining experience in a broad range of chemistry are encouraged to consider the traditional track.
There are two options for obtaining a master’s degree from the downtown Denver campus Department of Chemistry: Plan I, the thesis option; and Plan II, the course work emphasis option. Add Link to new page describing thesis process.
All Chemistry MS students must meet the following requirements for graduation:
- A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better at the time of graduation
- A grade of B- (2.7) or better in all courses to be counted toward the degree.
- Compliance with all Graduate School Rules
- Every student must select to a thesis or non-thesis plan. As most of the requirements overlap, a student may switch between these plans with permission from the Graduate Program Director.
Although degrees can be completed in as little as one year, all work must be completed within five years after enrolling in the first graduate class in the department.
Students are eligible to apply for a research assistantship or a teaching assistantship positions. Students who are interested in improving teaching skills can enroll in CHEM 5655 Teaching Assistant Bootcamp. This course is required for all students who are interested in working as a teaching assistant in the department.
A minimum of 20 semester hours must be earned in formal lecture courses in the Department of Chemistry. Other credits can be acquired through research, internships, thesis work, independent study, transfer credits, etc.
Research oriented program involving a minimum of 30 semester hours with the following requirements:
- 3 semester hours of CHEM 6950 Master’s Thesis.
- An acceptable formal thesis consistent with the guidelines of the Graduate School
- Successful oral defense of the master’s thesis before a committee of at least three Regular Graduate Faculty, two of whom must be tenure track faculty members and have an appointment with the Graduate School through the Department of Chemistry.
- All thesis students must complete 1 credit of CHEM 5610 Understanding & Presenting Chemical Research no later than the semester before they defend their thesis.
- Completion of a high quality research project suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
Coursework oriented program involving a minimum of 30 semester hours with the following requirements:
All Plan II students are required to take a final written examination about primary research articles in their discipline. This exam may be taken any semester after 20 semester hours of graduate course work have been completed. Students may attempt the exam once per semester a maximum of three times and must be registered during the semester that they attempt the final examination.
All non-thesis students are encouraged to take 1 credit of CHEM 5610 Understanding & Presenting Chemical Research.
Plan II students may arrange for an internship at a local company that employs Chemists and take up to 6 credits of CHEM 5939 – Internship. Students must be in good academic standing and have completed 6 graduate semester hours at CU Denver before starting an internship. Approval of the graduate program director is required prior to selecting an internship and enrolling for credit.
The CU Denver BS/MS program is designed to accommodate students from across Colorado. If you are currently pursuing a BS degree, we would encourage you to contact the Department of Chemistry graduate program advisor to discuss whether our program is suitable for you. In some cases, it is possible to complete a MS degree one year after completing a BS degree; however this requires careful scheduling and requires completing two graduate classes while you are an undergraduate. Many of our graduate classes are offered in the evenings and some are offered on-line making this possible for students in the region. Furthermore, under some conditions it is possible to transfer graduate credits from another school.