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M.S. Chemistry Overview

Because of its broad scope, contemporary chemistry offers exciting employment opportunities in rapidly growing fields, such as materials science, polymers, biochemistry, biotechnology, pharmaceutical/medicinal chemistry, chemical education research and environmental science. Graduates with a master's degree in chemistry are prepared to enter any of these fields or others, since chemistry is the central science with connections to physics and mathematics, biology and medicine, and environmental sciences. According to the American Chemical Society, the national professional association for chemists, "Many predict a growing role for chemistry as we tackle the major issues confronting the world in the 21st century: providing energy, responding to regulation, protecting the environment, improving health and feeding the world."


Why Pursue the Master of Science in Chemistry?

The reasons for pursuing a master's degree in chemistry are as diverse as our students. Many obtain their master's degree to gain entry into industry or government positions that require a greater degree of expertise, responsibility and independence that cannot be expected of a candidate with a bachelor's degree. Others use the master's program as a stepping-stone to doctoral studies by improving their grade point average (GPA) and enhancing their research experience. Still other students obtain the master's degree to gain expertise in chemical education - in fact, a number of our graduates are teaching at local community colleges.


Why Choose Cal State Fullerton?

Teaching is Our First Priority - Our faculty members take a personal interest in the success of their students. They provide one-on-one mentoring and fashion a graduate experience that meets the individual needs of each student. Our graduate classes are small, providing numerous opportunities for interaction with professors and fellow students. Graduate classes are offered in learning environments that are conducive to the development of critical thinking and personal communication skills, in addition to improving scientific knowledge.

Flexibility - Our program is flexible enough to allow one to pursue a degree on either a part-time or full-time basis. Most graduate courses are offered in the late afternoon and early evening to accomodate students who are employed.

Outstanding Research Opportunities - Research opportunities are available in analytical, biochemistry, bioorganic, computational, chemical education research, environmental, organic and physical. We have excellent facilities and instruments such as 400 MHz NMR, X-Band EPR, HPLC, GC, GC-MS, ITC, and lasers to support high quality research.

The MS Chemistry is a Research-Based Degree - Unlike MS programs at many other universities, our master's degree is primarily a research-based degree, which means that during your time in the program you will spend a major part of your time in a research laboratory working on an independent research project. You will carry out sophisticated experiments, and you will gain valuable critical thinking skills by analyzing your data and planning the next steps in your project. The degree culminates in a written thesis and a public oral defense of the thesis. The skills you learned in our program will prepare you very well for a career in teaching, industry or graduate school.

High Quality Faculty - Although Cal State Fullerton is primarily a teaching institution, most faculty have active research programs. Our faculty members have been awarded numerous grants from agencies and organizations such as Research Corporation, Petroleum Research Fund, Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Aeronautical and Space Administration, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and United States Environmental Protection Agency. Our faculty serve on many national committees and boards, review proposals for national agencies, and serve as editors and/or reviewers for national and international scientific journals. For the specific research areas of the faculty, refer to the Faculty Research Interests Sheet.

National Reputation - Cal State Fullerton has a solid track record for training master's students to enter the workforce, graduate and professional programs, and teaching. Alumni from our graduate program are highly successful in achieving their career goals.


Where Can I Get More Information?

  • For more information, please contact the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • To contact the current Graduate Program Advisor, please visit http://nodea.fullerton.edu/people/adminisration-staff or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • We also encourage all prospective students to visit us on campus at the department office, McCarthy Hall 580.

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