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Master of Science in Chemistry

The MS degree offered at the Downtown Campus is a broad-based chemistry degree that allows students to take courses and do research in the following basic fields: analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic, physical or environmental chemistry. The MS program is available to both full- and part-time students. The chemistry faculty strives to ensure that students receive excellent advising and supervision of work. Students enrolled in the program have an opportunity to be appointed as laboratory teaching assistants. Research activities on the part of the chemistry faculty provide opportunities for graduate students to obtain research assistantships. For assistantship and scholarship information, please see our students section.


Before applying for admission, be sure to contact your department for individual program application requirements.



Admission Requirements

Students must meet the UCD Downtown Campus Graduate School admission requirements. An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 is required. International students may have additional admission requirements concerning immigration status, proof of financial responsibility, and acceptable TOEFL scores. An undergraduate major in chemistry essentially equivalent to the one offered at UCD (see the undergraduate requirements), including two semesters of organic, analytical and physical chemistry, with laboratories, and one semester of inorganic chemistry, is required. Failure to meet the full admission standards may lead to provisional admission. No student will be admitted to the graduate program who is not within two classes of meeting the undergraduate requirements. The GRE examination is recommended, as is the advanced chemistry GRE examination. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the graduate program director for additional details concerning the chemistry program, admission procedures, financial assistance, and faculty research interests. 

TOFEL/IELTS Minimum requirements:

 Composite Score:

550-Paper based exam
213-computer based exam
79-internet based exam
Interne Based

Composite score-7.0


Admission Deadlines

Fall-June 15
Spring-November 15

General Program Requirements
Specific Degree Requirements

Plan I
Thesis Requirements

Plan II
Course Work Emphasis Option

BS/MS Program