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Master of Science in Chemistry

Our program focuses on providing students the skills and knowledge necessary to conduct specialized research in preparation for careers in chemistry and related disciplines. Completing an MS in Chemistry at CU Denver can position you for admission to a competitive PhD or health sciences program and the valuable experience gained throughout the program can set you up for success in pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the graduate program director Scott Reed (

Admission Requirements
General Program Requirements
Specific Degree Requirements

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.

Plan I
Thesis Requirements

Plan II
Course Work Emphasis Option

BS/MS Program