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Master's in Chemistry

OSU's Department of Chemistry graduate program aims to create next-generation professionals and leaders for academia and industry. Our program is aimed at helping you develop a pronounced ability to perform independent creative scientific research.


  • Thesis option: 30 credit hours total
  • Research and seminars
  • Placement exams and/or foundation courses to demonstrate competency in at least three of four main subdisciplines: analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry

Fund your M.S. degree

Through graduate teaching and graduate research assistantships.

Research and Faculty

Cutting-edge research programs in all areas of chemistry and other related interdisciplinary sciences are actively pursued through our department. Additionally, our faculty members are accomplished scientists and researchers in their respective fields, providing you with mentorships and other resources to help you achieve your goals.


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Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in chemistry
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Three references with email addresses 

Test Scores:

  • GRE not required
  • International applicants who aren't native English speakers must submit one of the following: 
    • TOEFL iBT minimum scores of 20 for reading and listening, 22 for writing and speaking, and 79 total 
    • IELTS minimum scores of 6.5 on reading, listening and writing, with overall minimum score of 6.5 
    • Students that earn TOEFL and IELTS score lower than requirements may be admitted provisionally with the requirement to complete OSU English courses

Application Deadline:

  • February 15th (fall admission)
  • September 15th (spring admission)

Application Fee Waivers

We will consider all application fee waiver requests at the same time 15 days prior to the application deadline (so Feb 1st for Fall and Sep 1st for Spring).  Applications must be complete other than payment to be considered.

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Cost & Assistance

Most graduate students in the Department of Chemistry are supported as either teaching assistants or research assistants. Generally, first-year students serve as teaching assistants. The experience gained from a teaching assistantship is a valuable part of the total educational experience of a graduate student. An incoming graduate assistant will usually teach in the general chemistry laboratory program. This involves the supervision of laboratory sections of approximately 30 students, plus leading the discussion sections that precede the labs.

Fellowship awards for incoming students are also available on a competitive basis for applicants with outstanding records.



Assistantships and Scholarships

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