Plan II (Course Work) is a coursework oriented program involving a minimum of 30 semester hours with the following requirements:

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 (2.7) or better in all courses to be counted toward the degree.
  • Compliance with all Graduate School Policies and Procedures 
  • 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 II (Course Work) is a coursework oriented program involving a minimum of 30 semester hours with the following requirements:


  • All Plan II students are required to take a final written examination about primary research articles in their discipline. This exam may be taken any semester after 20 semester hours of graduate course work have been completed. Students may attempt the exam once per semester a maximum of three times and must be registered during the semester that they attempt the final examination.
  • All non-thesis students are encouraged to take 1 credit of  CHEM 5610 - Understanding & Presenting Chemical Research
  • Plan II students may arrange for an internship at a local company that employs Chemists and take up to 6 credits of  CHEM 5939 - Internship Students must be in good academic standing and have completed 6 graduate semester hours at CU Denver before starting an internship. Approval of the graduate program director is required prior to selecting an internship and enrolling for credit.