Chemistry (M.S.)

Chemistry (M.S.)

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Why get a Master of Science in chemistry? 

Our chemistry M.S. will provide you with the opportunity to participate in graduate education without the longer academic and research commitment of doctoral study. This master’s degree program allows students to participate in advanced coursework and develop a significant research program. 

Why study chemistry at UNH? 

You’ll engage in a program of study approved by the American Chemical Society that explores a dynamic, creative and practical discipline. You’ll find a program small enough to be personal but comprehensive enough to provide excellent opportunities for challenge and growth, like independent research, leadership, professional development and peer mentoring. You’ll have access to newly renovated laboratories, state-of-the-art equipment and faculty committed to transformative experiences for graduate students. Our graduates pursue careers in industry, go on to find success in environmental and health-related professions, and educate future generations of scientists.  

Potential career areas 

  • Agricultural and food products 
  • Biotechnology 
  • Chemical analysis and quality control 
  • Chemical/pharmaceutical sales and marketing 
  • Chemical research and development 
  • Chemistry teacher 
  • Health professions 
  • Patent law, intellectual property, and science policy 
  • Pharmaceuticals and pharmacology 
  • Plastics and coatings 
  • Science/technology writing 
  • Toxicology and forensic science


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Curriculum & Requirements

The M.S. program provides students with the opportunity to develop a high degree of proficiency in a specialized research area. The program serves as a stepping stone to jobs in industry, graduate school, professional school, teaching careers, or for those who would like to strengthen their Chemistry knowledge. All students take coursework, carry out original research with a faculty mentor, and submit a thesis. The program has a focus on developing strong writing and oral communication skills. Financial support is typically available through a teaching assistantship.

M.S. Degree Requirements

  • Demonstration of a broad understanding of undergraduate chemistry by passing a series of basic examinations or satisfactory performance in approved courses.
  • Student must present a total of 30 credits for completion of the MS program. These 30 credits are as follows:
    • 20+ course credits, at least 8 credits of which must be in courses numbered 900 or above.
    • Satisfactory performance in at least three path-specific (analytical, inorganic, organic, or physical) courses, which is a portion of the 20+ course credits required.
    • 6 to 10 credits of CHEM 899 Thesis/Problems research credits.
  • Mandatory attendance at Department Seminars and Research Lunch Talks.
  • Satisfactory presentation of a Research Progress Report in the second year of residence.
  • Preparation, public presentation, and oral defense of a written thesis.
  • Student must maintain a GPA of 3.0 to graduate from the MS program.

Faculty Research Advisor and Thesis Committee

Students select a research advisor during the first semester in the program after interviewing at least three faculty members. During each semester thereafter, students conduct independent research under the supervision of the Faculty Research Advisor. In the second year of residence and before the Research Progress Report, a dissertation committee is selected. This committee evaluates the student's Research Progress Report and the Thesis Defense.

Professional Development Courses
CHEM 800Chemistry Teaching Seminar1
CHEM 802Critical and Creative Thinking for Chemists1
CHEM 991Graduate Presentation Portfolio1
CHEM 992Graduate Writing Portfolio1
CHEM 997Seminar1
Program Courses
CHEM 808Spectroscopic Investigations of Organic Molecules3
CHEM 855Advanced Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 902Theoretical Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 903Advanced Inorganic Chemistry I3
CHEM 904Advanced Inorganic Chemistry II3
CHEM 905Advanced Physical Chemistry I3
CHEM 911Synthetic Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 925Surface Chemistry3
CHEM #926Physical Chemistry of Condensed Phases3
CHEM 927Chemical Kinetics and Reaction Dynamics3
CHEM 930Advanced Optical Methods3
CHEM 933Chemical Separations3
CHEM 934Chemical Equilibria3
CHEM 935Advanced Analytical Chemistry3
CHEM 995Colloquium1-4
CHEM 899Thesis/Problems1-10

All graduates will be able to:

  • Comprehend, plan and conduct advanced research under the guidance of a research advisor while developing their intellectual independence that demonstrates scholarship.
  • Develop the ability to design and conduct experiments safely, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • Develop and demonstrate oral and written communication skills to enable effective communication in all aspects of their professional career. This would include presentations, developing papers for published works and grant writing.
  • Develop and apply theories, methodologies, and knowledge to address questions and resolve problems in the field of chemistry and in associated interdisciplinary projects.
  • Develop the capacity of function and work effectively alone and in a team environment.
  • Develop professional and ethic responsibility and follow this throughout their careers in the field or in academia.
  • Develop a significant research program.
  • Develop professional methods of communication and enhanced presentation skills.


Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: Jan. 15 (for funding); April 1 (final)
  • Spring: Dec. 1
  • Summer: N/A
  • Special: N/A

Application fee: $65

Campus: Durham

New England Regional: No

Accelerated Masters Eligible: No

New Hampshire Residents

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.


If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Transcripts are required for any school you earned a degree from, attended for at least one year, or attended for 2 or more semesters. Exceptions to this rule may be approved at the discretion of the program you are applying to and the UNH Graduate School Admission’s office.

Letters of recommendation: 3 required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

Personal Statement/Essay Questions

Prepare a brief but carefully crafted statement that includes: 1) Research experience. State the goals of your previous research and accomplishments to date. Including a list of publications, presentations, and awards within the Experience and Background section of the application is encouraged; however, please do not send actual publications or presentations. 2) A clear indication of your area of research interest(s). You may choose from analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, or physical chemistry. Indicating more than one interest is perfectly acceptable. Provide a clear rationale as to why you wish to perform graduate work in these areas and include your immediate and long-range objectives. 3) Those UNH Chemistry faculty whose research interests you and why. 4) Additional information that will enhance the selection committee’s understanding of your personal background and life experiences, including educational (e.g. teaching and leadership experience), cultural, familial, or other opportunities or challenges.

Statements must be included with your submitted application.

Important Notes

All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program specific application questions.

International Applicants

The University of New Hampshire recommends that international applicants who are living outside of the United States, and are planning on pursuing a research based degree, submit a preapplication form before submitting a full application. Your preapplication request will be carefully reviewed and a decision usually provided within 3 weeks. If your preapplication is approved then it is recommended you then submit a full application. If you are currently living in the United States (on a H1B visa, etc.), or you plan on pursuing a professional master’s degree, then you do not need to submit a preapplication.

Prospective international students are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. English Language Exams may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.

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