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Department of Chemistry
MS Degree Requirements


Application Information

Apply through the Graduate School at East Carolina University.  Completed application packets require:  official undergraduate transcripts; official scores on the verbal, analytical, and quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examination; three letters of recommendation; a personal statement of purpose.  International students are required to submit a confidential financial statement and official TOEFL scores.

GRE testing information can be found at the ECU Testing Center website.  The Testing Center at ECU offers the general and subject tests for the GRE; students must register via  Another option is to take the GRE at Prometric Testing Center, located in Greenville at 2428 South Charles Boulevard, (252)756-0342.  At Prometric, the GRE is offered every Tuesday through Saturday at both 8:00 am and 12:00 pm.  Register in person. 

Placement Examinations

Placement examinations in each of the areas of concentration are administered to entering graduate students.  Examination results are used for advising first-year graduate students in their course selection. Students are encouraged to review these areas before taking the placement examinations.


Students must show proficiency in three of the five areas of concentration.  Proficiency in an area can be shown by:

  • passing the placement examination in that area.
  • successful completion of a core graduate course in that area:
  Analytical CHEM 5350 or 7524
  Biochemistry BIOC 7301 or BIOL 6240 or 6242; 6244
  Inorganic CHEM 5550
  Organic CHEM 5750 or 7532
  Physical CHEM 7542

A check list is provided here to aid in course selection for the MS program.


Core 8-10 s.h. See proficiency requirements.
Electives 6 s.h. In Chemistry or other natural science or mathematics departments as approved by thesis committee.  3 s.h. must be at the 6000 or 7000 level in the student's area of concentration.
Seminar 2 s.h. CHEM 6103 (taken twice)
Research 10 s.h. CHEM 6502, 6503, 6504, or 6505
Thesis 3 s.h. CHEM 7000

Written and Oral Requirements

Students must successfully complete the following requirements:

  • Submit and orally present a thesis research plan to thesis committee.
  • Present a literature review seminar in CHEM 6103.
  • Present a research seminar in CHEM 6103.
  • Submit and orally defend a thesis to thesis committee.
  • Complete comprehensive examination in area of concentration.