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Graduate Catalog 2023 - 2024 
Graduate Catalog 2023 - 2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry, MS

This program is not accepting new admits as of the Summer 24 semester.

Department of Chemistry

Science and Research 397
(216) 687-2451
Dr. Michael Kalafatis, Chair
Dr. Xue Long Sun, Graduate Program Director

Area of Study

  • 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. State-of-the-art facilities and advanced bioanalytical technologies are available to students in the program, including (but not limited to) LC-mass spectrometry (including AB SCIEX QTRAP® 5500 LC MS/MS and Agilent 6545 LC/Q-TOF, gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, high performance liquid chromatography, conventional and capillary electrophoresis, immunoassays, nuclear magnetic resonance, electron parametric resonance spectrometry and Fourier transform infrared spectrometry, photo diode array UV-visible and fluorometric spectrometry, inductively coupled plasma spectroscopy, molecular biology techniques, computational chemistry and chemical imaging techniques.

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 coursework at the MS level includes analytical, clinical, inorganic, medicinal, pharmaceutical, organic, and 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, Berkman Hall, Room 116. (International applicants submit materials via the online process, to the Center for International Services and Programs, Berkman Hall, Room 116).  Applicants are automatically admitted if they meet the admission criteria.

Apply Now: http://www.csuohio.edu/graduate-admissions/how-apply

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)