Plan I (Thesis) is a research oriented program involving a minimum of 30 semester hours with the following requirements:

  • Students must complete a total of 30 credits. A minimum of 20 semester hours must be earned in formal lecture courses in the Department of Chemistry. Additional credits can be acquired through research, internships, thesis work, independent study, transfer credits, etc. within the department and in other departments. Course selections outside of the department must be approved by the Graduate Program Director.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better at the time of graduation
  • A grade of B­- (2.7) or better in all courses to be counted toward the degree.
  • In addition to choosing a plan, every student must select a content emphasis track. Each track has separate placement examinations, therefore switching between tracks requires approval from the Graduate Program Director.
  • 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.
  • In addition to choosing a plan, every student must select a content emphasis track. Each track has separate placement examinations, therefore switching between tracks requires approval 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.

Plan I (Thesis) is a research oriented program involving a minimum of 30 semester hours with the following requirements:


  • Successful completion of a content emphasis track. See the current course catalog for details. Emphasis Tracks include Biochemistry, Synthesis & Measurement, Molecular Modeling, and Traditional Chemistry.
  • An acceptable formal thesis consistent with the Graduate School Policies and Procedures 
  • Successful oral defense of the master’s thesis before a committee of at least three Regular Graduate Faculty, two of whom must be tenure track faculty members and have an appointment with the Graduate School through the Department of Chemistry.
  • Completion of a high quality research project suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
  • 3 semester hours of  CHEM 6950 - Master's Thesis
  • All thesis students must complete 1 credit of  CHEM 5610 - Understanding & Presenting Chemical Research no later than the semester before they defend their thesis.