Pursue a Career in Chemistry with Advanced Technical Skills
Explore the microscopic world with in-depth theoretical and practical expertise. You will become proficient in modern theory, tools and chemical principles through robust coursework and real-world application with a master’s degree in chemistry from the University at Albany.
Through a research-focused curriculum you will gain the skills to pursue a career as a scientist in areas like pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, agriculture, forensics and government.
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
Courses must be completed within your first 6 semesters of graduate study, with the exception of Chemical Research.
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
Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.
- 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.