Master of Arts Program
The MA program in chemistry satisfies the needs of students who desire a master’s degree based primarily on coursework.
The departmental graduate committee recommends for the degree of MA in chemistry students who complete the following requirements:
- An acceptable research project (at least four credits of CHEM 597)
- Participation for one semester in the graduate seminar (CHEM 592)
- Two semesters of Frontiers in Chemistry (CHEM 593)
- Six graduate courses, at least four of which are in chemistry, the balance to be related courses approved by the departmental graduate committee
- Public presentation of a seminar on the subject of the research project
- A total of at least 32 graduate credits obtained under the above requirements
MA candidates must complete six graduate courses; a research thesis is not required. Requirements for Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) are determined by the Graduate School of Education; a minimum of 20 credits in graduate-level chemistry courses is required.
Once You’re Admitted
Entering students must demonstrate proficiency at the undergraduate level by satisfying a placement requirement. Three options are available.
- Pass ACS Placement Examinations in the areas of analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry;
- (Biological Chemistry emphasis) pass the ACS Placement Examinations in any two traditional subdisciplines of chemistry (organic, analytical, inorganic, physical) and a Placement Examination in biochemistry;
- (Materials Chemistry emphasis) pass the ACS Placement Examinations in inorganic and physical chemistry, and either a Placement Examination in solid state and materials sciences, or the ACS Placement Examinations in analytical and organic chemistry.
The biochemistry and solid state/materials sciences placement examinations for students in interdisciplinary programs are comprehensive, making the overall placement requirement comparable for all students.
- A student may not enroll in a graduate course in any subdiscipline area for which the placement requirement has not been satisfied.
- All deficiencies must be removed within twelve months after entering the program. Failure will lead to dismissal from the program.
- A placement deficiency is normally removed by course work as determined by the GPC.
Deficiencies in analytical, inorganic, organic, or physical chemistry are removed
- Receiving a grade of B or better in an advanced level undergraduate course in Harpur College (numbered 300-499),
- Receiving a grade of S in a remedial tutorial assigned by the GPC.
- Deficiencies in biochemistry or solid/state materials sciences are removed by one or two courses as specified by the GPC on an individual basis.
- Entering students who have already taken the appropriate courses in Harpur College may petition the GPC to have the corresponding placement examination(s) waived. The biochemistry or solid state/materials sciences requirement may be waived if the student transcript shows at least two appropriate courses in Harpur College or the Watson School.
- Remedial course work will match the deficiency as close as possible. Remedial courses cannot normally be counted in satisfying the degree course requirement; exceptions are indicated in writing by the GPC at the time of the placement.
- A placement deficiency may also be removed by retaking the Placement Examination successfully after a period of self-study. Placement Examinations are given three times a year: the week preceding the beginning of the Fall semester, the first week of the Spring semester, and the last week of the Spring semester.
- Satisfying the placement requirement is to be given absolute priority during the first two semesters in residence and will be the first concern in arranging the student’s schedule.
- Students who fail all Placement Examinations upon entering will automatically be placed on probation; failure to remove at least two deficiencies by the end of the first semester will result in dismissal.