Chemistry, M.S. (Online)

Work toward your graduate degree in Chemistry

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

At the University of Saint Joseph, take the first step toward careers in fields like orthodontics or pediatrics – ranked among the best jobs by U.S. News & World.

Designed for working professionals, the graduate program in Chemistry offers flexible track options and online courses. A Master of Science degree in Chemistry enables graduate students to increase the depth and scope of their knowledge by working and studying alongside practicing chemists from both academia and industry.

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About USJ’s Online 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, Polymer Chemistry and more.
  • The program provides students 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.

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– Benjamin Pizio M’20, USJ Online Chemistry, M.S. student


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.

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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 a B- in all required courses. Students will take 3 integrated exams coming from all of their required courses along with 3 exams from selected elective courses.

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

Courses and Student Workload

The online Master of Science in Chemistry degree program at the University of Saint Joseph caters to working professionals. Because of this, the expected course load each semester is one to two courses. If you wish to enroll in more than one or two courses in a given semester, please contact the Department of Chemistry Chair, Dr. Ellen Anderson to discuss workload considerations.


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