Chemistry lab

Master of Science 

Chemistry

Program of Study

Focus your graduate education in a specialization that interests you, whether forensic/analytical, biophysical/biochemical, organic/medicinal, inorganic/materials or structural/computational chemistry. You will gain insight into concepts like the mathematical and physical underpinnings of the discipline, as well as gather classical and statistical knowledge.

Cover fundamental concepts in courses like Inorganic Chemistry, Advanced Physical Chemistry and Theory and Techniques of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry before moving onto courses concentrated in your stated specialization. Become highly competent in conducting research through survey and experimentation methodologies featured throughout the course sequence.

The master's degree requires a supervised field examination and culminates in an intensive, hands-on mentored research thesis.


General Sequence (30 credits minimum)

Chemistry Courses (21-26 credits)

A minimum of five 3-credit letter-graded graduate courses in chemistry. Two of the five courses must be within your field of specialization. Three courses are to be chosen from the following:

  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Physical Organic Chemistry I
  • Physical Organic Chemistry II
  • Advanced Physical Chemistry I
  • Advanced Physical Chemistry II
  • Theory and Techniques of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry

Chemical Research (6-11 credits) - Leading to a written research thesis OR Review of Chemical Literature (8 credits) - Leading to a written critical review of research literature; AND Chemical Research (3 credits) - Original experimental and theoretical research problems

Supporting courses (0-9 credits)

Selected courses in related academic fields as advised


Course Requirements

Courses must be completed within your first 6 semesters of graduate study, with the exception of Chemical Research.


Field Examination

Satisfactory completion of a major field examination in chemistry. You may only take this examination twice.


Foreign Language or Research Tool Requirement

The following courses may be used to satisfy the research tool requirement, but may not be counted toward the letter-graded chemistry course requirements.

  • Computational Chemistry I or Computational Chemistry II
  • Experimental Methods of Organic Structure Determination
  • Theory and Techniques of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry (If this course is taken to fulfill the core course requirements, it may not be used to fulfill the research tool requirement)
  • Chemical and Enzymatic Kinetics
  • Crystallography


See the Graduate Bulletin for details.

For more information, contact Professor Li Niu at 518-591-8819 or lniu@albany.edu, or Brian A. Gabriel at 518-442-4648 or bgabriel@albany.edu.

Content

Career Outcomes

An MS in Chemistry will provide you with the foundation to advance molecular scientific knowledge. Secure employment as a professional research chemist, a teacher or continue your education toward a PhD.

Potential job titles include:

  • Chemical engineer
  • Quality control analyst
  • Pharmacy technician
  • Forensic scientist
  • Toxicologist
  • Quality control
  • Clinical data analyst
  • Laboratory manager
  • Research and development scientist

 

 

Three researchers working in a chemistry lab
Admissions Requirements
Deadlines

Departmental Assistantship Consideration

  • Fall: Not Available
  • Spring: Not Available
  • Summer: Not Available


 No Departmental Assistantship Consideration

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer: Not Available
Required Application Materials
  • Official transcripts from all schools attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Goals
Student Learning Objectives

Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

Master of Science
  • Advanced laboratory skills and familiarity with modern instrumentation and preparative techniques.
  • Analytical problem-solving skills in chemistry.
  • Preparation for employment or advanced study.
  • Ability to investigate an original research problem under the close direction of a research mentor.