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Program Overview

The Master of Science in Chemistry offers a broad-based education designed for students going on to doctoral programs, careers in industry, or professional schools. The faculty includes members from the Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering in the Swenson College of Science and Engineering as well as members from the Natural Resources Research Institute, the Duluth Medical School, and the College of Pharmacy. Completion of the program usually requires two to three years.

Admission and Application Requirements

Applicants must have completed an undergraduate chemistry or biochemistry major, including at least one upper-level course in inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, mathematics through calculus, and one year of college physics, preferably taught using calculus. Students lacking some of these prerequisites may be permitted to make up deficiencies concurrently with graduate work.

Students who submit undergraduate narrative transcripts or transcripts containing pass/no credit (S-N), credit, or other ungraded notations for a substantial number of courses taken during the junior and senior years, or whose transcripts do not show a substantial number of letter grades during these years, must submit the results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test, and if available, a Subject Test.  International applicants who are applying for assistantships are also strongly urged to submit GRE general test scores in support of their applications.

The TOEFL examination is required of all international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not lived in the United States for at least one year while completing at least 16 graded semester credits within the past 24 months.

Degree Requirements

All students must complete 31 credits, including a seminar and four core courses. All students must complete at least 14 credits in the major and at least 6 credits in a related field or minor. The program offers both Plan A (thesis) and Plan B (non-thesis) courses of study. Plan A students must register for 10 thesis credits. Plan B students must complete an additional 10 course credits and write three papers. All students must pass a final, oral examination to graduate.

Deadlines and Dates

Applications for fall admission are processed as received. Most admission and assistantship offers are made early each calendar year.

Financial Aid

Students accepted into the program are eligible for financial assistance, primarily in the form of nine-month teaching assistantships, which include tuition and medical insurance benefits. Additional support is generally available to students working on their thesis research during the summer months.

Areas of Specialization

Students in the program generally focus on these areas of study:

  • Analytical chemistry
  • Biological chemistry
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Physical chemistry

Contact Information

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, 246 Chemistry Building, 1039 University Drive, Duluth, MN 55812 (218.726.7212; fax 218.726.7394;;

Director of Graduate Studies: Steven Berry,, 218.726.7087

Assistant to the Director of Graduate Studies: Jill Custer,, 218.726.8832

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