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Department of Chemistry
Sample MS Degree Timeline


MS Program Flow Chart


Semester 1


Semester 2

Core course  (3 hrs)

Core course  (3 hrs)

Elective course (3 hrs)

Elective course (3 hrs)

Research (3–5 hrs)

Literature Seminar, CHEM 6103

Select research advisor

Research (3–5 hrs.)

Select thesis committee

Present Research Plan


Summer 1





Semester 3


Semester 4

Finish course work (3–6 hrs)

CHEM 7000 (3 hrs)

Present Research Seminar, CHEM 6103

Comprehensive Examination

Research (3–5 hrs)

Research (6–9 hrs)

Begin thesis writing

Thesis defense

Apply for graduation

Submit Graduation Summary

Note that the number of research hours shown for each semester does not reflect the minimum for the degree, but is shown to reflect full time status.


last updated December 15, 2011