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The Department of Chemistry offers studies leading to the degree of Master of Science in Chemistry with experimental and/or theoretical research in the following fields of specialization: Analytical, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Bioorganic Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Organometallic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Chemical Physics, and Materials Science.

Requirements for Admission to the Master’s Program

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry or in a related science discipline from an accredited institution in the U.S. or proof of equivalent education in a foreign institution
  2. Official transcripts of all previous academic work.
  3. Official scores on the General Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  4. Official TOEFL scores of 550 or higher for international applicants whose first language is not English or who have not completed a university degree in the U.S. or at other English-speaking institutions.
  5. Three letters of recommendation from individuals who are qualified to assess the applicant’s potential for graduate work.
  6. A personal statement setting out the applicant’s reasons for wishing to pursue a PhD in Chemistry at UTEP and future career plans.
  7. Curriculum vitae.

Requirements for Master’s Degree in Chemistry

In addition to the institutional requirements for a Master of Science degree, the candidate must also meet the following stipulations: a minimum of 15 of the required 30 hours of credits must be in chemistry lecture courses at the graduate level. Credits must include at least one graduate-level course in three of the five areas of Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, or Biochemistry. The candidate must also enroll in CHEM 5195 during each semester of residence. Not more than one hour of CHEM 5195 can be counted toward the 30-credit-hour requirement. The normal program for the MS degree in Chemistry can include nine (9) hours of supporting work from approved fields. A program of specialization in Chemical Physics can be elected with the permission of the graduate advisor. Such a program can include, within the required 30 hours of credits, up to 12 hours in the related fields (e.g., Physics, Mathematics).

Chemistry MS students give an oral research progress report to their thesis committee within their first year of study.

Courses of study are designed for each student in consultation with the advisor. Each student must confer with the graduate advisor prior to each registration. The thesis presented for this degree must describe original work related to a research problem of some importance. The thesis must be defended orally.

Five-Year BS-MS Program

The curriculum for the BS degree in Chemistry can be completed in three and one-half years. After admission to the Graduate School of the University, it is possible to obtain the MS degree at the end of the fifth year of study in Chemistry. Qualified students should consult their academic advisor about the course of study and about the various forms of financial assistance obtainable through this program.

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 30

MS in Chemistry (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses:
CHEM 5195Graduate Seminar1
Areas of Chemistry:
Select a course in three of the areas below:9
Organic Chemistry:
Advanced Organic Chemistry I
Advanced Organic Chemistry II
Contem Topics Organic Chemistr
Physical Chemistry:
Advanced Physical Chemistry I
Advanced Physical Chemistry II
Contemp Topics Physical Chem
Inorganic Chemistry:
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Contemp Topics Inorganic Chem
Analytical Chemistry:
Advanced Analytical Chemistry
Contem Topics Analytical Chem
Electives:
Select fourteen additional hours of electives, with at least eight being CHEM:14
Graduate Research in Chemistry
Modern General Chemistry
Advanced Analytical Chemistry
Contem Topics Analytical Chem
Advanced Organic Chemistry I
Advanced Organic Chemistry II
Contem Topics Organic Chemistr
Contemp Topics in Biochemistry
Anal./Model of Bio Structures
Advanced Physical Chemistry I
Advanced Physical Chemistry II
Contemp Topics Physical Chem
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Contemp Topics Inorganic Chem
Graduate Research in Chemistry
Graduate Seminar
Graduate Research in Chemistry
Teaching Practicum - Chemistry
Advanced Analytical Chemistry
Contemp Topics in Analyt Chem
Advanced Organic Chemistry I
Advanced Organic Chemistry II
Contemp Topics in Organic Chem
Advanced Biochemistry
Contemp Topics in Biochemistry
Adv Physical Chemistry I
Advanced Physical Chemistry II
Contemp Topics in Phys Chem
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Contemp Topics Inorganic Chem
Graduate Research in Chemistry
Dissertation
Dissertation
Thesis:
CHEM 5398
CHEM 5399
Thesis
and Thesis
6
Total Hours30