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Chemistry M.S.

Program Type: 
Master of Science
Chemistry & Biochemistry

 In the M.S. graduate program in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UMD, you are at the forefront of scientific knowledge.

Acquired Skills

Students will: 

  • Demonstrate knowledge of core disciplines and specialization in a field of concentration. 

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the design and practice of research. 

  • Demonstrate proficiency in scientific oral and written communication. 

  • Demonstrate proficiency in leading a project, working collaboratively, and taking initiative in the laboratory. 

  • Be competent in cultural and international aspects of research.


Career Possibilities

50% of the students completing the program are enrolled in Ph.D. programs in universities nationwide, and others take jobs or enter professional schools. 

To find out what our recent graduates are doing, see the Career and Internship Services Report:  Follow-up of Majors

Admissions and Scholarships

A woman working on a chemistry lab.The M.S. graduate program in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UMD provides students with a variety of support, including assistantships of approximately $15,000 salary for the academic year plus tuition. Tuition is paid in full up to 14 credits per semester. Health insurance is available at reasonable rates to the graduate assistant and dependents.

Additional summer support of $4,500 is generally available to students working on their thesis research during the summer months. Award of a teaching assistantship is based on review of the application for admission.


Faculty Highlights

Faculty research interests include:

  • Inorganic & Bio-Inorganic Chemistry

  • Biochemistry

  • Drug Discoveries

  • Computational Chemistry

  • Analytical Chemistry

  • Environmental and Aquatic Chemistry

  • Materials Chemistry

  • Biomedical Science

  • Pharmaceutical Science

  • Chemical Engineering

Faculty Labs at UMD:

  • Ahmed Heikal and students conduct research on cellular and molecular biophysics in the Heikal Lab.

  • Liz Minor studies carbon cycling in aquatic Systems in the Liz Minor Lab at Large Lakes Observatory.

  • The Erin Sheets Research Group uses multiple approaches to answer questions about how molecules (proteins, lipids) interact with each other to effect functional biological responses.

  • The Wainman Research Group conducts chemistry education research.


In addition to the general application instructions provided by the Graduate School, visit the Chemistry program page for specific application instructions and deadlines related to the program. Also visit the catalog requirements page linked above for additional information.

Graduate Report

Recent UMD Graduates Job Placement Data & Employers

Here's a sampling of positions Chemistry B.S. grads have attained six months to one year after graduation.

Field Service Engineer - Agilent Technologies, Stillwater, MN
Chemist - Brady, Milwaukee, WI
Medical Writer - Convance, Madison, WI
Process Scientist 1 - DiaSorin, Stillwater, MN
Method Development Chemist - General Mills, Golden Valley, MN