Work toward your graduate degree in Chemistry.

Enhance your skills in the chemical sciences and prepare for professional advancement with USJ’s graduate program in Chemistry.

Designed for working professionals, the program offers flexible options with online courses.

About USJ’s Graduate Program in Chemistry:

  • You may culminate your degree with either a thesis or non-thesis option, each of which results in 30 graduate-level credits and a Master of Science degree.
  • Courses include Inorganic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Introduction to the Chemistry of Cancer and more.
  • The program provides high school teachers with unique opportunities to broaden your application of chemistry by taking courses such as Organic Spectroscopy, Forensic Chemistry, Biochemistry of Cancer and Biochemistry of Obesity and Diabetes.

Matriculation Requirements:

  • Graduate application and nonrefundable application fee
  • Sealed official undergraduate transcripts from all institutions the student has attended
  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, in Chemistry or in a closely related discipline
  • Science GPA of 2.8 or higher, or completion of six credits in the Chemistry graduate program with grades of B- or better
  • The prerequisites for all graduate courses: undergraduate courses or experience in Analytical, Inorganic, Organic, and Physical Chemistry
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A completed planned program of study following an interview with the program director

M.S. in chemistry program requirements:

Within the program you will complete 30 credits worth of graduate level course work; 9 credits coming from the required courses and 21 credits coming from elective courses.

Required Courses:

  • CHEM 520 - Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 525 - Biochemistry I
  • CHEM 560/561 - Advanced Organic Chemistry I/II 

Elective Courses are offered in a wide range of chemistry topics.  A complete course listing can be found here.


This option is for a limited number of students who must receive prior approval of their research proposal by the program director and a thesis advisor. If approved for this option, the student enrolls in CHEM 598 Research Seminar (3) and CHEM 599 Master’s Thesis (3) as part of the 30 credits. Students on the thesis track will present and defend their thesis as a culminating activity in lieu of a written comprehensive exam. 

Comprehensive exam:

All students in the non-thesis program must pass a written comprehensive examination after completing at least 24 credits in the graduate program, including all required courses. Students will take 6 individual exams coming from all of their required courses along with 3 selected elective courses.  

For current students: If you would like to apply to take your comprehensive exam, please contact Dr. Diane Dean with your request.