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M.S. in Chemistry Offered Online

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  • Convenient online courses
  • Designed for science teachers and professionals
  • No thesis
  • 30 credits—can be completed in three semesters.
  • No GRE

About the Online Non-Thesis M.S.

The Chemistry & Biochemistry Department offers the non-thesis option master’s program online. The program has been optimized to allow students to earn a master’s degree in a short amount of time (as little as three semesters), while acquiring skills and knowledge in a wide range of topics.

Convenient online courses are designed for science teachers and working professionals.


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All graduate applications must be submitted electronically through the Graduate College. Be sure to select “online” for your Planned Campus of Enrollment selection (located on page 2 of the application in the Application Information section).

Program Code: MS3317

Application Deadlines

The deadline for submitting applications for Fall Semester 2019 is July 15.

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in science with undergraduate chemistry courses (typically 1 year general chemistry, 1 year organic chemistry, and 1 semester of calculus)
  • GPA (or equivalent) of 3.0 or better in most recent degree program.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Statement of purpose that:
    • Includes a brief description of chemistry area(s) of interest (e.g., Analytical, Biochemistry, Inorganic, Organic, Physical Chemistry)
    • Specifically states that you are applying to the online master's program
  • Transcripts
  • Resume, which must include a list of every school attended, as well as the GPA obtained at each institution.
  • English Proficiency: Non-native speakers of English must demonstrate English proficiency by submitting official test scores for either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Photocopies and/or faxes of English proficiency scores are not accepted.
  • For holders of a non-U.S. degree, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required; the code for Ohio University is 1593.

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Required Courses

A total of 30 credits is required.

There is no thesis, but students will write a research paper on a selected chemistry topic under the direction of their adviser. For degree conferral, students must meet the Standards of Work requirements as stated in the Ohio University Graduate Catalog and have obtained a B (3.0) or higher in five 5000-level classes out of the six currently being offered.

  • CHEM 5200 - Chemical Literature (4 credits)
  • CHEM 5805 - Advanced Organic Synthesis: Reactions and Mechanisms (4 credits)
  • CHEM 5890 - Basic Biochemistry (4 credits)
  • CHEM 5760 - Modern Inorganic Chemistry (4 credits)
  • CHEM 5860 - Advanced Analytical Chemistry (4 credits)
  • CHEM 5510 - Physical Chemistry (4 credits)
  • CHEM 6950 - Research and Thesis (6 credits)*

Tentative Course Schedule

Summer 2019

  • CHEM 5510 - Physical Chemistry
  • CHEM 5760 - Modern Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 6950 - Research and Thesis (1-6 credits)*

Fall 2019

  • CHEM 5200 - Chemical Literature
  • CHEM 5860 - Advanced Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM 6950 - Research and Thesis (1-6 credits)*

Spring 2020

  • CHEM 5890 - Basic Biochemistry
  • CHEM 5805 - Advanced Organic Synthesis: Reactions and Mechanisms
  • CHEM 6950 - Research and Thesis (1-6 credits)*

Summer 2020

  • CHEM 5510 - Physical Chemistry
  • CHEM 5760 - Modern Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 6950 - Research and Thesis (1-6 credits)*

*CHEM 5200 - Chemical literature is a prerequisite for CHEM 6950. Registration for CHEM 6950 is available only if the student has passed CHEM 5200, and after advising by the Graduate Chair, Dr. Eric Masson,

Costs and Financial Aid

Tuition and fees are assessed based on the number of credit hours of enrollment, Ohio residency and program. See "Graduate Programs with Differential Tuition" on the Tuition and Fee Rates webpage. The current Ohio resident cost (tuition and fees) is $508 per credit hour; the non-Ohio resident cost per credit hour is $527.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: Am I required to be on the Ohio University campus at any time during the program? A: No, this program is fully online.
  • Q: How many classes should I take each semester? A: You can take any number of classes, as long as they are being offered. You can take just one class per semester if you wish to do so.
  • Q: Am I required to graduate in one or two years after starting the program? A: No, there is no time limitation associated with this program.
  • Q: Can I register to online MS classes in chemistry if I am not interested in receiving a degree, and I just want to participate in a few classes? A: Yes, you can take classes without aiming at receiving an MS degree.
  • Q: When can I graduate? A: You can graduate once (1) you have earned 30 credits, (2) your GPA is 3.0 or higher, (3) you have passed five different 5000-level classes at a level of B or higher, and (4) you have taken 6 credits of CHEM 6950 and obtained a grade of B or higher in the class.
  • Q: Is B- a passing grade? A: Grades from A to D will give you the credits for the class. However, you must pass five 5000-level classes, as well as CHEM 6950, at a level of B or higher in order to graduate.
  • Q: Do I have to be a teacher to join the program? A: Not at all. Anyone can join the program, as long as you hold a BS degree in chemistry (or a degree deemed equivalent by the graduate recruitment committee in the department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Ohio University).
  • Q: Are the lectures available 24 hours a day to accommodate a full time worker? A: Yes, lectures are always available.

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