Program Mission: The Master of Science in Chemistry program at EIU is designed to provide solid training to permit graduates to obtain responsible positions in industry, governmental agencies and educational institutions while also providing strong preparation for post-graduate study in PhD and other professional programs. The program’s formal coursework for the thesis option centers on 15 semester hours that are designed to give students a broad background in modern chemistry. Six additional semester hours of elective courses, six semester hours of research, and three semester hours of thesis complete all credit requirements for the degree. An option in Biochemistry is also available. Both the Chemistry and Biochemistry options offer a non-thesis track of study. The non-thesis option provides an alternative pathway for students to complete the master’s without completing a research project or thesis, this option requires 32 semester hours.
Five year accelerated BA/MS and BS/MS programs are available. Detailed information is available at http://www.eiu.edu/eiuchem
Admission Requirements: To be eligible for degree candidacy, applicants must meet all of the requirements for admission to the Graduate School (see “Admission to Graduate Degree and Certificate Programs”). In addition, applicant must provide a documented score on the General Test of the Graduate Record Exam.
Degree Audit: The graduate plan of study is the EIU Degree Audit, which is generated automatically at the time of degree or certificate candidacy. Modifications of the standard EIU Degree Audit are submitted by the graduate coordinator to the certification officer in the Graduate School at the time modifications are approved. The Degree Audit serves as an unofficial summary of requirements for the program. Degree and certificate candidates are advised to review the comprehensive summary of the Degree Audit process specified on the “Requirements for All Degree and Certificate Candidates” section of the Graduate Catalog. Individual programs may require candidates to submit plans of study in addition to the Degree Audit, candidates should consult with the program coordinator.