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Graduate Programs

DePaul’s Master of Science (MS) in Chemistry is designed to prepare students for advanced work in the field of chemistry or biochemistry and for further graduate study. Our Master of Science (MS) in Polymers and Coatings Science offers students an opportunity for focused study and specialization in the area of polymers and coatings within the larger field of chemistry.

The Department of Chemistry offers two MS degree options:

Both degrees are Department of Homeland Security STEM designated programs recognized as producing graduates in science, technology, engineering and/or math who help support U.S. economic competitiveness and growth.

International students who earn degrees from STEM designated programs can qualify to extend their post-graduation stay in the United States for Optional Practical Training (OPT). OPT provides an opportunity for international students to develop their careers while also helping meet the demand for STEM-educated professionals in the U.S. workforce. Contact the College of Science and Health at or (773) 325-7315 for more information.

Chemistry MS students may choose to pursue research:

  • Thesis students must write a thesis based on a research project and pass a two-part oral exam.
  • Non-thesis students must select an area of specialization from four concentrations, including analytical/physical chemistry, biochemistry/medicinal chemistry, or polymer chemistry and coatings technology.

All students take core classes in advanced inorganic chemistry, advanced biochemistry, advanced organic chemistry and special topics in analytical chemistry and/or physical chemistry and electives that range from drugs and toxicology to advanced quantum mechanics to materials science to applied spectroscopy to nutrition.