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Online M.S. in Chemistry

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  • Convenient online courses
  • Designed for science teachers and professionals
  • No thesis
  • 30 credits—can be completed in three semesters.
  • No GRE

About the Online Non-Thesis M.S.

The Chemistry & Biochemistry Department offers the non-thesis option master’s program online. The program has been optimized to allow students to earn a master’s degree in a short amount of time (as little as three semesters), while acquiring skills and knowledge in a wide range of topics.

Convenient online courses are designed for science teachers and working professionals.


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All graduate applications must be submitted electronically through the Graduate College. Be sure to select “online” for your Planned Campus of Enrollment selection (located on page 2 of the application in the Application Information section).

Program Code: MS3317

Application Deadlines

All students must start in the summer semester. The deadline for submitting applications for summer 2019 is April 15.

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in science with undergraduate chemistry courses (typically 1 year general chemistry, 1 year organic chemistry, and 1 semester of calculus)
  • GPA (or equivalent) of 3.0 or better in most recent degree program.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Statement of purpose that:
    • Includes a brief description of chemistry area(s) of interest (e.g., Analytical, Biochemistry, Inorganic, Organic, Physical Chemistry)
    • Specifically states that you are applying to the online master's program
  • Transcripts
  • Resume, which must include a list of every school attended, as well as the GPA obtained at each institution.
  • English Proficiency: Non-native speakers of English must demonstrate English proficiency by submitting official test scores for either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Photocopies and/or faxes of English proficiency scores are not accepted.
  • For holders of a non-U.S. degree, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required; the code for Ohio University is 1593.

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See Ohio University’s graduate admission requirements.

Required Courses

A total of 30 credits is required.

There is no thesis, but students will write a research paper on a selected chemistry topic under the direction of their adviser. For degree conferral, students must meet the Standards of Work requirements as stated in the Ohio University Graduate Catalog and have obtained a B (3.0) or higher in CHEM 6950, CHEM 8915 and in at least three of the 5000-level courses beyond 5200.

  • CHEM 5200 - Chemical Literature (4 credits)
  • CHEM 5805 - Advanced Organic Synthesis: Reactions and Mechanisms (4 credits)
  • CHEM 5890 - Basic Biochemistry (4 credits)
  • CHEM 5760 - Modern Inorganic Chemistry (4 credits)
  • CHEM 5860 - Advanced Analytical Chemistry (4 credits)
  • CHEM 5510 - Physical Chemistry (4 credits)
  • CHEM 6950 - Research and Thesis (4 credits)
  • CHEM 8915- Advanced Seminar in Research Design & Leadership (2 credits)

Tentative Course Schedule

Fall 2018

  • CHEM 5200 - Chemical Literature
  • CHEM 5860 - Advanced Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM 6950 - Research and Thesis (2 credits)

Spring 2019

  • CHEM 5890 - Basic Biochemistry
  • CHEM 5805 - Advanced Organic Synthesis: Reactions and Mechanisms
  • CHEM 6950 - Research and Thesis (2 credits)

Summer 2019

  • CHEM 5510 - Physical Chemistry
  • CHEM 5760 - Modern Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 6950 - Research and Thesis (2 credits)

Costs and Financial Aid

Tuition and fees are assessed based on the number of credit hours of enrollment, Ohio residency and program. See "Graduate Programs with Differential Tuition" on the Tuition and Fee Rates webpage. The current Ohio resident cost (tuition and fees) is $508 per credit hour; the non-Ohio resident cost per credit hour is $527.

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