M.S. in Chemistry

The only customizable M.S. chemistry graduate degree in Pittsburgh.

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. It's time for bigger goals.

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 $10,000 more on average -than colleagues with bachelor's degrees.

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

  • 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 example 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 transcripts and two letters of recommendation. View a full list of requirements.

For questions about how you can customize your degree, or the admissions process, please contact Dr. Ellen Gawalt, Chemistry chair and professor at chemistry@duq.edu.

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 customize your degree further.

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