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Master of Science in Chemistry


Specializations are offered in analytical, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, material chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, and polymer science. The UMass Lowell program provides opportunity for advanced study and research training in chemistry, both general and specialized. Provision also is made for the student to elect certain advanced subjects in related fields of mathematics, physics and engineering.

Non-Thesis Track

The Chemistry Department has an approved Non-Thesis Master of Science in Chemistry (NTMC) degree. This NTMC degree ordinarily requires 30 credits with the following requirements:

A total of 18 course credits (CHEM- or POLY-prefix) must be taken within the chemistry department at UMass Lowell.

The remaining credits may be satisfied by either additional CHEM.XXXX or POLY.XXXX courses or by transfer of up to 12 credits from a closely related program at a domestic university, including UMass Lowell. 

Note: Students who wish to pursue the NTMC degree who currently hold a B.S. or B.A. degree in chemistry or a related science, but do not have previous laboratory experience, may be required to take up to three undergraduate chemistry laboratory courses to ensure that they have sufficient laboratory skills upon completion of their NTMC degree. 

Program Requirements
Since advanced study is required in at least three disciplines of chemistry, a number of courses in Analytical/Environmental, Biochemistry, Inorganic, Organic, Physical and Polymer will be available every semester.

See the graduate catalog for course descriptions and degree requirements.

Thesis Track

This program provides opportunity for advanced study and research training in chemistry, both general and specialized.

Program Requirements 
A minimum of 30 credits is required for the Master of Science degree in Chemistry, with 18 credits being earned in courses; and 12 credits earned in graduate research. Of the 18 course-credit minimum, exclusive of research and seminar, a minimum of 15 credits must be taken in chemistry. The remaining course credits (three or more) may be taken in chemistry or in related fields such as physics, mathematics, biology or engineering. Credit normally is not allowed for 400-level subjects in chemistry except for those designated in the catalog or approved by a student's advisor. Each graduate program in chemistry must include at least three advanced subjects from three of the following areas: organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, biochemistry or polymer chemistry, unless such requirements have been met previously and approved by the department. 

See the graduate catalog for course descriptions and degree requirements.

Seminar Requirement  
Each semester the student is required to attend and participate in the chemistry seminar/colloquium program. In addition, a master's candidate is required to present one seminar. See graduate catalog for seminar requirement.

Thesis Advisory Committee  
An advisory committee should be selected jointly by the student and advisor at the earliest possible opportunity. A minimum of three (3) faculty members are required for the master's thesis committee. The student's advisor will serve as the chairperson of this advisory committee. The purpose of this committee is twofold. First, it will be responsible for ascertaining that the students research was conducted and presented in final form, in a professional and acceptable manner. Perhaps of more importance, the committee will serve in an advisory capacity during the course of the research project. In this spirit it is recommended that the student convene a meeting of the selected committee prior to starting his/her research. The purpose of this meeting is to present an informal outline of the proposed research project.

Learn about application requirements.