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Graduate Catalog 2017 - 2018 
Graduate Catalog 2017 - 2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry, MS

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Department of Chemistry

Science and Research 397
(216) 687-2451

David W. Ball, Chair
Michael Kalafatis, Graduate Program Director

Areas of Study

  • Chemistry
  • Clinical Chemistry

The Faculty

Current faculty information can be located on the Cleveland State University Faculty Profile page.

Research Facilities

The Chemistry Department is housed in the Basic Science Building and the Science and Research Center. In addition to well-equipped research laboratories, there are special function rooms, such as a cold room, and a darkroom. Generally, graduate students occupy research space near their research advisors, which leads to frequent interaction.

Major instrumentation available in the program includes superconducting multinuclear NMR, automated X-ray diffractometer, GC-ion-trap MS, MALDITOF and LC-ESI-triple quadrupole and LC-ESI-ion-trap mass spectrometers, capillary electrophoresis, HPLC, GCFTIR, FTIR spectrometers, UV-visible spectrophotometers, liquid scintillation counter, immunoassay instrumentation, fluorescence spectrometer, atomic absorption spectrometers, EPR, and extensive computer capabilities. Students also have ready access to the facilities and the state-of-the-art instrumentation available at the Cleveland Clinic. Several instrumentation centers are located in the department and serve the research and service needs of Cleveland State faculty and students. Opportunities for graduate training are afforded through these facilities.

MS Program in Chemistry:

The Master of Science degree in chemistry is designed for both full-time and part-time students. It provides advanced training for those who wish to further their careers in industry, laboratory medicine, or teaching, as well as students who feel the need for more study before pursuing a Ph.D. or MD. Graduate course offerings are scheduled in the evening so employed students can earn the degree on a part-time basis, taking one or two courses per semester. Graduate coursework at the MS level includes analytical, clinical, inorganic, medicinal, pharmaceutical, organic, physical chemistry. There are opportunities for practical training in well-equipped operating medical laboratories. The MS program in chemistry offers both thesis and non-thesis options, except in the area of clinical chemistry, which is a course work only program.

Financial Assistance

Teaching assistantships are not available to MS students. Research assistantships may be available through individual faculty, depending on external funding.

Admission Information

In addition to meeting the College of Graduate Studies requirements for admission, applicants for graduate study (Master’s and Ph.D.) in chemistry must have had one year of general, organic, analytical, and physical chemistry; a year of physics; and mathematics through partial derivatives and multiple integrals. Applicants lacking any of these requirements may be admitted, but any deficiency must be made up as soon as possible. Credits earned in remedial courses do not count toward degree requirements.

Typically, chemistry applicants are required to submit to the University an official report of their performance on both the aptitude and chemistry subject area tests from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). However, it is waived for applicants with outstanding records (grade-point average above 3.0).  The GRE requirement cannot be waived for international students. International students who do not have a degree from an institution in the United States must also arrange to have the results of their performance on the TOEFL sent to the University by ETS.

Submit all materials to the Graduate Admissions Office, Main Classroom, Room 116. (International applicants submit materials via the online process, to the Center for International Services and Programs, Main Classroom, Room 116).  Applicants are automatically admitted if they meet the admission criteria.

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Degree Requirements

The MS degree requires the completion of at least 32 credit hours of core and elective courses.

Core courses

The formal course work for the MS degree is structured around a core of courses that includes 9 to 12 credit hours of advanced chemistry courses from three chemistry categories and 2 credit hours of chemistry seminar.


The remaining credit requirements may be fulfilled with any combination of elective courses suitable to a desired concentration and approved by the student’s advisor.

Exit requirements

Non-Thesis Option

Non-thesis MS students complete at least 32 credit hours of approved course work with a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher by taking appropriate courses as arranged by their advisor.

Thesis Option

Thesis MS students complete at least 16 credit hours of approved course work with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, at least 16 credit hours of CHM 699 - M.S. Thesis , and successfully defend a master’s thesis.

Upon completion of the research, each student is required to produce and defend a thesis accepted by a thesis committee. The committee consists of the student’s advisor and at least 2 other graduate faculty members.

  • (at least 16 credits under the direction of a faculty advisor selected by the student)

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