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    Mississippi College
  Jun 29, 2022
GRADUATE CATALOG 2015-2016 [Archived Catalog]

Chemistry, Thesis Option, M.S. (30 sem. hrs.)

The Master of Science in Chemistry, Thesis Option, is a research-based degree. The program is designed to prepare students for a career in the chemical industry or for continued graduate study.

Admission to the Program

  1. All general requirements for admission to the graduate school of Mississippi College must be met. Ordinarily, applications will be invited and received prior to June 30 for admission in the fall semester. Students will be notified by mail concerning their admissions status.
  2. Minimum criteria. Applicants must have achieved a B.S. in chemistry at an accredited institution. The Graduate Record Esamination (GRE) must have been taken not more than two years following the bachelor's degree or not more than five years prior to the entrance date into the program. The Applicant shall have GRE scores of a least 150 on the Quantitative section and at least 146 on the verbal reasoning section.
  3. Provisional Admission. Applicants with a B.A. in chemistry, B.S./B.A. in biological sciences, physics, mathematics, computer sciences, environmental science or equivalent and 24 semester hours of chemistry may be considered for provisional admission. The graduate faculty will evaluate the undergraduate course transcripts of the prospective student and determine whether a need exists for additional upperdivision preparation course work in any area of evaluated deficiency. A background in mathematics and physics (minimum: 6 semester hours of calculus/analytic geometry, 6 semester hours physics) are required. Upon provisional admission, deficiencies must be completed within the first 18 months of entry into the program. Some courses taken to remediate deficiencies may not receive graduate credit.
  4. Transfer Credit. Up to 6 semester hours of graduate course work in chemistry shall be allowed, but due to the thesis emphasis of the program, no research or thesis credit earned at another institution will be considered. Graduate credit at another accredited institution may offset deficiencies for purposes of provisional admission.


Requirements of the Program

1. Thirty (30) semester hours of graduate credit must be completed. Of this, not less than fifteen (15) semester hours shall be 6500-level work.

2. Students must complete six (6) semester hours of course work consisting of:

3. Choose three to nine (3-9) semester hours from:

And take three (3) semester hours of:

4. Students must complete six to twelve (6-12) semester hours of research by taking

and complete three to six (3-6) semester hours of thesis preparation & defense consisting of

5. The program requires a student to take and pass four qualifying examinations in areas of the chemical specializations.

6. A research proposal prepared under the guidance of a member of the graduate chemistry faculty must be completed by the end of the second semester.

7. Completion of the program will require not less than two nor more than six years.