Master of Science in Chemistry

Thesis Option

Admission Requirements

The applicant must meet the School of Graduate Studies’ current minimum general admission requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

  1. A baccalaureate degree with a major in chemistry.
  2. 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.
  3. Undergraduate credit in mathematics through integral calculus.
  4. One year of physics.
  5. Graduate Record Examination General test for all students. (Chemistry subject test also required for all applicants without a baccalaureate degree in Chemistry.)
  6. Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies’ English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

Degree Requirements

Students seeking the Master of Science (Thesis Option) 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.

Thesis Option (32 credits total):

  1. A minimum of 32 semester credits in a major field, including the credits granted for the thesis and the research leading to the thesis.
  2. At least one-half of the credits must be at or above the 500-level.
  3. A maximum of one-fourth of the credit hours required for the degree may be transferred from another institution.
  4. Required Courses:
    1. CHEM 509 Graduate Seminar – 1 credit
    2. One (1) credit of Independent Studies, CHEM 997
    3. Minimum fourteen (14) combined Research and Thesis credits
    4. Six (6) credit hours from one of the three specific major sequences below:
    5. Analysis and Applications
      Select two of the following:6
      Analytical Spectroscopy
      Electrochemical Methods
      Select two of the following:3
      Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
      Organometallic Chemistry
      Advanced Organic Chemistry II
      Advanced Organic Chemistry III
      Select two of the following:6
      CHEM 475Materials Chemistry3
      Chemical Thermodynamics
      Statistical Physics
      Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
      Chemical Dynamics
      Quantum Mechanics in Chemistry
      Quantum Mechanics
    6. 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.
    7. Scholarly Tools: Up to nine (9) credit hours of foundational classes listed below, some of them may be stipulated by the Department.
      CHEM 466Fundamentals of Physical and Biophysical Chemistry4
      CHEM 454Inorganic Chemistry II3
      CHEM 333Analytical Chemistry3
      CHEM 361Problem Solving in Organic Chemistry I1
      CHEM 362Problem Solving in Organic Chemistry II1
      CHEM 510Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry3
      CHEM 520Advanced Organic Chemistry I3
    8. 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.
    9. CHEM 998 Thesis 4-6 credits.