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M.S. in Chemistry Offered Online

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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.

A master's degree in three semesters — The Chemistry & Biochemistry Department offers the Chemistry online and on campus. With convenient online courses, you can earn all 30 credits needed to receive your degree in as few as three semesters. Along the way, you will acquire skills and knowledge in a wide range of chemical and biochemical topics. 

Professional development for career success — This program is designed particularly for science teachers and professionals. Our goal is to help students become highly effective and successful scientists and teachers by providing them with the interdisciplinary skills and professional development needed to enhance their career success.

Renowned faculty — You will be taught by the same cadre of experienced professors — well-known researchers in a variety of fields — who teach our on-campus classes. The Chemistry & Biochemistry Department at Ohio University hosts an outstanding faculty with research interests spanning a wide range of areas in the chemical sciences. The mission of the graduate program is to provide education and research that is relevant and timely to society in an atmosphere that promotes cooperation and interaction among the students and faculty.

No thesis — A thesis is not required; instead, you will write a research literature review article on a topic assigned by a faculty mentor.


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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

Students can start any semester.

  • The spring deadline for submitting applications is Nov. 15.
  • The summer deadline is April 15.
  • The fall deadline is July 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.

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 five 5000-level classes out of the six currently being offered.

  • CHEM 5200 - Science Research Literature and Writing (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 (6 credits)*

Course Schedule

Summer 2022

  • CHEM 5510 - Physical Chemistry
  • CHEM 5760 - Modern Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 6950 - Research and Thesis (6 credits)*

Fall 2022

  • CHEM 5200 - Chemical Literature
  • CHEM 5860 - Advanced Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM 6950 - Research and Thesis (6 credits)*

Spring 2023

  • CHEM 5890 - Basic Biochemistry
  • CHEM 5805 - Advanced Organic Synthesis: Reactions and Mechanisms
  • CHEM 6950 - Research and Thesis (6 credits)*

Summer 2023

  • CHEM 5510 - Physical Chemistry
  • CHEM 5760 - Modern Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 6950 - Research and Thesis (6 credits)*

*CHEM 5200 - Chemical literature as well as three other classes are needed for CHEM 6950.

Costs and Financial Aid

Tuition and fees are assessed based on the number of credit hours of enrollment, Ohio residency, and program.

Financial Aid: When a graduate students takes two 4-hour courses per semester, his or her attendance is considered half-time for financial aid purposes. U.S. citizens and permanent residents have access to federally funded loans through Ohio University's Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships. The Ohio University school code is 003100.

Contact Us

For more information about the Online M. S. in the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department at Ohio University please contact Dr. Michael Jensen, chair of the online graduate recruitment committee in the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department.