Chemistry, MS, PhD

 

Program Summary

Format: On-site, Hybrid


Locations: Potsdam


Credit Hours:

MSPhD
3090


Cost: per credit hour

Our Program

The Department of Chemistry & Biomolecular Science at Clarkson University has a long-standing reputation for providing a first class education in chemistry, material and biomolecular sciences with core expertise in: advanced materials, colloidal science, surfaces and interfaces, nanoparticle research, polymer science, biomaterials, bionanotechnology, bioelectronics and biosensors. Faculty members are associated with the New York State funded Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP) and several other interdisciplinary programs on campus. Strengths of our program include a highly collaborative research environment and established connections with chemical and advanced materials industries. These relationships can provide opportunities for technology transfer and potential employment for our graduates. Departmental research is supported by federal grants, primarily from the National Science Foundation (NSF), New York State and private industry.

Clarkson University also offers the Master of Arts in Teaching with a Chemistry focus. Learn More.

Curriculum

MS requirements

  1. A minimum of 30 credit hours graduate coursework, with a minimum of 18 credit hours of graduate chemistry courses.
  2. Satisfactory completion of a research or comparable professional experience.
  3. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in courses used to meet graduate requirements.
  4. At least one year of academic study beyond the undergraduate degree. All work must be completed in 5 calendar years.
  5. A thesis must be prepared and orally defended to a committee consisting of a minimum of three committee members.
  6. Candidates in chemistry must: (i) complete a minimum of 2 credit hours of CM900, and (ii) present 1 seminar as part of their degree requirements.

PhD requirements

  1. A minimum of 90 credit hours, including no less than 24 credit hours coursework, 6 credit hours seminar, and a maximum of 30 transferred credits from an MS degree, (B grade or better), which have been applied towards PhD degree requirements.
  2. A minimum of three academic years of full-time graduate study or the equivalent in part-time study.
  3. Satisfactory completion of the PhD candidacy procedure within two years of full-time study after admission to the PhD program or, part-time students, before completing 66 credits. If the comprehensive examination is failed twice, the student will be required to leave the program.
  4. A written dissertation must be submitted by each candidate and defended orally as part of the final examination. For the final oral examination, a committee will be selected by the faculty advisor and approved by the department chair and dean of the respective school. The committee will consist of a minimum of five members. The members should include at least four Clarkson faculty of assistant professor rank or higher who possess an earned doctoral degree. At least one of the faculty members must be from a department other than the candidate’s major department.
  5. All work must be completed within seven years after the student is identified as a PhD candidate.
  6. Time Limit. After the comprehensive examination has been passed; all work fulfilled specifically for the doctorate is to be completed within a period of seven calendar years.
  7. Grading system. The grades of A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C and P are acceptable for credit toward the degree. For graduation an average of B or better must be earned in non-dissertation courses and seminar work.
  8. Candidates in chemistry must: (i) complete a minimum of 6 credit hours of CM900, and (ii) present 3 seminars as part of their degree requirements.

Example Courses & Concentrations

Spring

  • Bioelectronics & Bio-nanotechnology
  • Colloids and Surface Science
  • Advanced Bioanalytical Chemistry
  • Special Topics in Polymer Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Introduction to Polymer Chemistry
  • Biochemistry & Biotechnology Lab
  • Thesis, Dissertation and Special Projects
  • Fundamental Chemical Kinetics
  • CM Seminar
 

Fall

  • Physical Organic Chemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Biomaterials
  • Modern Spectroscopic Methods
  • Manufacturing Implications/Advanced Materials
  • Special Topics/Colloids and Surfaces
  • Nanostructured Materials
  • CM Seminar
  • Thesis, Dissertation and Special Projects

Courses are provided as an example.

Admission Requirements

Application materials must include an official undergraduate transcript, resume, three letters of recommendation and Graduate Records Examination (GRE) score results.

  • BS and/or MS degree in chemistry or related field
  • Demonstrated proficiency in English. All applicants must submit a TOEFL score unless their undergraduate or MS degree was in the English language. The minimum TOEFL score is 80.
  • While there are no minimum GPA and GRE requirements, preference is given to applicants with research experience, competitive GPA, TOEFL and GRE scores.

MS Prerequisites
Applicants must possess a baccalaureate (BS) degree in chemistry or a related major (e.g., material science, biochemistry, biophysics, environmental science) and must have completed the following minimum college course preparation: introductory chemistry courses including general chemistry as well as specialized classes in organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry and biochemistry. In addition, basic training in mathematics and physics is required. 

PhD Prerequisites
Applicants must possess a baccalaureate (BS) or a master (MS) degree in chemistry or a related major (e.g., material science, biochemistry, biophysics, environmental science) and must have completed the following minimum college course preparation: introductory chemistry courses including general chemistry as well as specialized classes in organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry and biochemistry. In addition, basic training in mathematics and physics is required.

Specific Dates for Program Offerings:
January and August each year. Courses are offered in both Spring (Jan to May) and Fall (Aug to Dec) semesters.

A complete application file consists of the following items (click for more information):

  1. Application Form
  2. Resume and Statement of Purpose
  3. Letters of Recommendation – 3 letters required
  4. Official Transcripts
  5. Test Scores – GRE* and 80 for TOEFL/6.5 for IELTS (if applicable)

* GRE maybe waived for some applicants.

Supplemental information may be submitted if desired: this could include any other information that may help us evaluate your application.

 

 

Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more, have questions or are ready to apply contact:
Dan Capogna
Graduate School Coordinator
graduate@clarkson.edu
518/631-9910

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