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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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.


What can I do with a master’s degree in chemistry?

A master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Saint Joseph will provide you with the educational foundation necessary to further your education in doctoral and professional programs or excel in the career or of your choice. Whether you’re interested in researching chemical properties and structures, developing new technologies, studying chemical compounds in pharmaceutical drugs, or improving existing manufacturing processes, there are unique opportunities for you in a variety of fields and industries, including:

  • Medical Chemistry
  • Dental
  • Physician Assistant Studies
  • Physical Therapy
  • Industrial Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Health Care
  • Education
  • Government Organizations

What are the top 5 chemistry careers?

With a master’s degree in Chemistry, graduates can pursue a wide array of careers. Among the most popular positions are:

  • Analytical Chemists – Analyze substances, such as food and drugs, to identify the present components and determine the way in which they react with one another
  • Chemistry Teacher or Instructor – Teach chemistry concepts and facilitate lab activities for students at high schools or community colleges
  • Forensic Scientists – Search for and analyze forensic materials at crime scenes, later presenting the work as evidence for use in investigations and legal cases
  • Pharmacologists – A lab-based position that requires individuals to develop and test drugs, analyzing their interactions with biological systems in order to provide safe and effective medications to the public
  • Toxicologists – A lab-based position that involves the study of drug effects on biological systems, as well as the development of methodologies to determine both the harmful effects of substances and the correct dosages to avoid those effects

What are the benefits of an online master’s in chemistry program?

Because USJ’s online graduate Chemistry program is designed for working professionals, students can earn this degree while meeting the responsibilities of their everyday lives. Flexible course options taught by expert and experienced faculty members ensure that students develop an in-depth knowledge of Chemistry that effectively prepares them to pursue their ideal career.

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