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Polymer and Coatings Science (MS)

Polymer and Coatings Science (MS)
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Put your chemistry knowledge to work

From its applications in decorating to aviation to life-saving technology, the science of polymer and coatings makes the world run smoothly. DePaul’s MS in Polymer and Coatings Science program gives you the opportunity for focused study and specialization in the area of polymer and coatings within the larger field of chemistry.

The Polymer and Coatings Science master’s program provides both thesis and non-thesis options. Classes are held in the evenings on the Lincoln Park Campus. The degree can be completed in two years.

For international students: this is a STEM-designated program, which can qualify you to extend your post-graduation stay in the United States.

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Hundreds of ways to apply your skills and knowledge citywide

A hub for the medical, aviation, restaurant, décor, tool and technology industries, Chicago is the ideal location to start your career in Polymer and Coatings Science. This innovative program was developed with input from local and national fixtures in the polymer and coatings industry, making you career-ready and in-demand.

Application Deadlines

Completed applications will be reviewed beginning August 1 for the fall term, December 1 for the winter term and March 1 for the spring term.

Admission Requirements

Submit an online application, official transcripts and at least two letters of recommendation.

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Required Courses

You’ll take three core courses and a special topics course. You’ll take 12 credit hours of research and 20 elective hours with a thesis, or seven courses and two labs for the non-thesis option.

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of College of Science and Health graduates were employed, continuing their education or pursuing other goals within six months of graduation.

Learn from specialized faculty

You’ll study with professors with extensive backgrounds in the chemistry of advanced materials, like Professor Gregory Kharas. Professor Kharas integrates his research on the building blocks for advanced materials into his organic chemistry classes.

“My education has been invaluable as I have advanced my career in the materials sciences industry. The application-based learning approach provided me with meaningful and practical working knowledge of polymers. It has given me knowledge and awareness of trends within the industry, the right vocabulary, and an overall increased credibility with other scientists.”

Jonathon (MS ’18)

Manager of New Ventures Technology, MonoSol
Jonathon, DePaul Polymer and Coatings Science alum 


A small number of competitive graduate assistantships are available each year for full-time students. These assistantships pay for up to 30 quarter hours of courses per year and an $11,845 annual stipend. Learn more about the financial aid and scholarship opportunities available to you.

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Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission for DePaul’s College of Science and Health at (773) 325-7315 or

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