The M.S. in Chemistry Program in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

The Only Customizable M.S. Chemistry Graduate Degree in Pittsburgh

It's time for bigger goals and our program enables you to reach your career goals on your terms. Duquesne's M.S. in Chemistry is a unique degree program with flexible and customizable courses that will help get you there. Want to talk to a chemistry professor about the M.S. programs? Then join Dr. Thomas Montgomery for a graduate programs information session.

Go further with a horizon-expanding education without the commitment of getting a doctoral degree. Many companies within the Pittsburgh area are currently looking for employees with an M.S. in Chemistry to fill higher level positions, including management and analytical chemist jobs.

You're only 30 credits from more career options and a higher yearly salary-approximately $19,000 more on average than colleagues with bachelor's degrees. Furthermore, students may request to transfer up to six graduate-level credits towards this degree from another institution.

Geared toward working professionals seeking to elevate or return to a career in the industrial chemical sector, the program provides:

  • Full-time or part-time track -the full-time track (3 courses/semester) can be finished in as little as 2 years.
  • Broad or specialized customizable education to fit your needs and interests.
  • Course-based curriculum with online and on-campus offerings and no research component.
  • Wide array of interdisciplinary courses to choose from including biochemistry, organic, environmental chemistry and more. (See examples of courses below.)

Application Process

Applications for admission are accepted on a rolling basis for either a Fall or Spring start. No GRE is required for admission. Application requirements include the completion of the online application, submission of official transcripts, a statement of purpose, and two letters of recommendation. No M.S. students are eligible for Research Assistantship or Teaching Assistantship positions. View a full list of requirements.

For questions about how you can customize your degree, or the admissions process, please contact Dr. Rita Mihailescu, Interim Department Chair and Professor.

Graduate Level Course Curriculum

The following is a partial course list. A full listing of courses is available in the program's course catalog. New courses may be added to further customize your degree.

CHEM 503 Advanced Organic Chemistry
CHEM 505 Environmental Chemistry
CHEM 506 Physical Chemistry I
CHEM 506 Physical Chemistry II
CHEM 508 Biomolecular Structure and Function
CHEM 519 Advanced Biochemistry I
CHEM 527 Biophysical and Biochemical Characterization of Macromolecules
CHEM 528 Polymer Science
CHEM 529 Enzyme Kinetics and Mechanisms
CHEM 536 Advanced Biochemistry II
CHEM 540 Molecular Visualization and Simulation Methods
CHEM 541 Structural Proteomics
CHEM 544 Inorganic Chemistry II
CHEM 549 Single Crystal X-Ray Crystallography
CHEM 565 Advanced Instrumental Analysis
CHEM 566 Mass Spectrometry Instrumental Analysis
CHEM 567 Statistical Thermodynamics