Chemistry and Chemical Biology, M.S. (Ithaca)

Program Description

The Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology has initiated a program leading to a Master of Science degree (M.S.) in Chemistry & Chemical Biology.  We anticipate that most participants will have undergraduate degrees in chemistry or a closely related field, and so the program will provide an opportunity to refresh or upgrade skills relevant to the molecular sciences. Nonetheless as the program is intended to be individualized to the needs of the applicant, it should be of interest to students seeking to fill in gaps in their educational backgrounds prior to advanced studies in chemistry, medicine, or other areas of the physical sciences and engineering.  It would also be advantageous to members of the community seeking to learn modern techniques of the chemical and materials world by gaining access to the expensive but essential tools of the trade.

The program consists of 30 (or more) credit hours of courses, to be completed over a single academic year.  As the backgrounds and goals of each student will likely differ, we anticipate significant diversity in the programs of study.  We prescribe no rigid set of courses either as prerequisites or requirements.  Your program of study will be adapted to your individual interests and needs in consultation with the director of the Master’s degree program, including courses selected from across Cornell’s campus.  An essential component of the MS degree is the participation in a significant effort with a research component in conjunction with the faculty and facilities of the department and university.  We anticipate that student interests will span a wide range of disciplines such as inorganic, organic, physical, analytical, biological or materials chemistry.  Within these fields, interests are likely to range from theoretical foundations of the discipline to applications of modern experimental research methods——and the teaching and research facilities of Cornell University are at your service.

Contact Information

Phone: 607-255-4139

Baker Laboratory

Ithaca, NY 14853-1301

Concentrations by Subject

  • analytical chemistry
  • bio-organic chemistry
  • biophysical chemistry
  • chemical biology
  • chemical physics
  • inorganic chemistry
  • materials chemistry
  • organic chemistry
  • organometallic chemistry
  • physical chemistry
  • polymer chemistry
  • theoretical chemistry


2017-2018: $29,500

Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Admissions to the Master of Science program is distinct from admissions to the Ph. D. program.

Enrollment in the MS program in the Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology neither precludes a subsequent application to the doctoral program, nor serves as an alternate pathway into that program.


Requirements Summary:

Applications for admission to the M.S. program commencing in fall will be reviewed beginning February 1st and will continue on a rolling basis through June 15th.

  • Letters of Recommendation: two (minimum); three (maximum)
  • GRE: optional
  • Personal Statement: one page statement required
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample