Chemistry, M.S.

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Chemistry, M.S.

The mission of the Master of Science program in Chemistry is to prepare students for technical careers, careers in chemical education at the secondary level or who aspire to enroll in a doctoral program. This program is designed to provide students with a quality experience that will help them grow as scholars and as professionals.

Domestic Students:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
July 15 November 15 April 15 May 15

International Students:

Fall      Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
May 1 October 31 February 1 February 1

Application requirements

Complete Application for Admission:
  • Apply for Admission via Apply Texas Application
  • An applicant may defer admission to an earlier/later semester. Applications are valid for one year. One deferral is allowed per application.
Application fee:
  • $50 for US citizen, $70 for International Students

Please Note: Applicants who wish to apply for a different program will be required to submit a new application. The application processing fee is required for each application submitted.

Requirements:

Application requirements specific to this program :

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate course work taken at any accredited college or University attended (Foreign College credits/transcripts require an official foreign evaluation. Please click here).  TAMU-CC transcript is not required.
  • Official GRE scores (Within five years of the date of application)
  • Essay (at least 300 words in length which includes educational and professional goals and the potential areas of interest)
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS scores are required for international applicants from countries where English is not the native language. (Within two years of the date application)
  • Three letters of recommendation

Applicants must contact potential advisors prior to and during the application process to discuss research opportunities in faculty member labs. A faculty member must be willing to serve as the chair of the applicant’s Graduate Advisory Committee and the applicant must include a summary of their discussions with faculty members in their essay. Applicants who do not have a faculty member willing to serve as their committee chair will not be admitted to the program.

*Please allow 3-5 business days to receive Student ID before submitting additional supporting documents.

Submit all supporting documents online.

Additional International Applicant Requirements

Application requirements for international applicants:

  • Copy of current Visa (if applicable)
  • English Language Proficiency. TAMUCC currently accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) within the last 2 years  :
    • Official TOEFL score minimum paper-based score of 550 or internet-based score of 79-80
    • Official IELTS score minimum 6.5
The Master of Science in Chemistry degree is a minimum of 30-36 hours and may be completed through one of two options: Thesis Option (Option I) or Professional Option (Option II).


Requirements for Option I: Thesis Option (30 hrs.):

The thesis option requires a thesis based upon original research, supported by the scientific literature, and analyzed statistically, when appropriate. The thesis master’s degree will allow a person to pursue advanced graduate study, or to obtain employment in most areas requiring a detailed knowledge of a specific aspect of chemistry.

CHEM 5303 Research in the Chemical Sciences               3 sem. hrs.         
CHEM 5317 Advanced Instrumental Analysis 3 sem. hrs
CHEM 5393 Thesis Research 3 sem. hrs.

CHEM 5393 Thesis Research

3 sem. hrs.
Electives chosen from Elective list below 18 sem. hrs.

Elective List: 

CHEM 5940 Project Research                                        1-4 sem. hrs.     
CHEM 5321 Molecular Ecology 3 sem. hrs.
CHEM 5322 Supramolecular Chemistry 3 sem. hrs.
CHEM 5341 Advanced Organic Chemistry 3 sem. hrs.
CHEM 5352 Computational Chemistry 3 sem. hrs.
CHEM 5361 Organic Geochemistry 3 sem. hrs.
CHEM 5362 Chemical Oceanography 3 sem. hrs.
CHEM 5369 Advanced Molecular Spectroscopy 3 sem hrs.
CHEM 5375 Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry 3 sem. hrs.
CHEM 5393 Thesis Research 3 sem hrs.
CHEM 5417 Advanced Environmental Chemistry  4 sem. hrs.
CHEM 5421 Aquatic Chemistry 4 sem. hrs.


Requirements for Option II: Professional Option (36 hrs.):

The professional option allows students to take required and elective graduate courses to further explore sub-disciplines of chemistry and identify a project that will help them advance their career or better compete for leadership opportunities. Non-thesis students must complete a professional research project with a written final report and seminar.

CHEM 5303 Research in the Chemical Sciences                3 sem. hrs.        
CHEM 5317 Advanced Instrumental Analysis 3 sem. hrs.
CHEM 5369 Advanced Molecular Spectroscopy 3 sem. hrs.
CHEM 5397 Directed Research 3 sem. hrs.
Electives chosen from Elective list below 24 sem. hrs.


Elective List: 

CHEM 5940 Project Research                                        1-4 sem. hrs.     
CHEM 5321 Molecular Ecology 3 sem. hrs.
CHEM 5322 Supramolecular Chemistry 3 sem. hrs.
CHEM 5341 Advanced Organic Chemistry 3 sem. hrs.
CHEM 5352 Computational Chemistry 3 sem. hrs.
CHEM 5361 Organic Geochemistry 3 sem. hrs.
CHEM 5362 Chemical Oceanography 3 sem. hrs.
CHEM 5375 Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry 3 sem. hrs.
CHEM 5397 Directed Research 3 sem. hrs.
CHEM 5417 Advanced Environmental Chemistry  4 sem. hrs.
CHEM 5421 Aquatic Chemistry 4 sem. hrs.
For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the Business Office's website.
Teaching Assistantships, graduate research assistantships, fellowships, or scholarships may be available to graduate students admitted as degree-seeking students who maintain full time graduate student status (9 hours/fall and spring semesters, and 3 hours/summer). The completed Teaching Assistant Application (http://sci.tamucc.edu/students/gradfunding.html) and all other materials requested for evaluation should be submitted to the office indicated on that form. For full consideration, the deadline for submitting applications is February 1 for the following academic year. Faculty members conducting funded research projects often hire qualified graduate students as Research Assistants. Students should contact faculty members in their field of interest for information on these opportunities. Summer funding (3 mos.) is the responsibility of major advisor and/or student, and should be discussed early in the academic year.

Additional Information

  • Persons seeking admission to the program should first contact the program faculty and identify a faculty member, or members, willing to serve as the graduate supervisor, and the applicant must include a summary of their discussions with faculty members in their essay. Applicants will not be admitted to the program without a graduate supervisor. Faculty profiles are found at the program website: http://sci.tamucc.edu/member.php?who=all&program=gche.
  • The Chemistry Program is part of the Department of Physical & Environmental Sciences housed in the Carlos Truan Natural Resources Center (NRC) on the TAMUCC campus.
  • If you'd like to learn more about the College of Science and Engineering, please visit the College website.

Contact for More Information:

Dr. Fereshteh Billiot

6300 Ocean Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5802
Office: 361-825-6067
fereshteh.billiot@tamucc.edu