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Chemistry and Chemical Biology M.S. (Ithaca)

Field of Study

Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Program Description

The M.S. program consists of 30 credit hours of coursework which may be completed over a single academic year. As the academic backgrounds and personal/professional goals of each student will differ, we anticipate significant diversity in the programs of study in the M.S. degree and therefore do not prescribe a rigid set of courses as prerequisites or requirements though we would ordinarily anticipate that the majority of the credits are taken in chemistry and related subjects at suitably high levels. Your program of study will be adapted to your individual interests and needs in consultation with the M.S. Graduate Program Director, and will likely include coursework selected from across Cornell’s campus. 

The M.S. program is designed for those who wish to obtain further education in the field of chemical sciences broadly understood, and to develop their ability for critical inquiry, independent research, and teaching. Research-degree students are expected to give evidence of mature purpose by initiating and pursuing their own programs; as such the award of the MS degree is contingent upon the completion of a master’s research project documented through the preparation of an archivable document presented to the student’s special committee and to the Graduate School.  In the fall of the first year it is expected that each student will be enrolled in Chem 5110, which provides an introduction to the vast world of tools and opportunities for chemical research, found in both our department, and across the campus.

The program will require a minimum of a single academic year in residence, though there can be no guarantee that all admitted students will progress at the same rate.

Contact Information

Phone: 607-255-4139

103 Baker Lab

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



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 January 1st and will continue on a rolling basis through June 15th.

  • Letters of Recommendation: two (minimum); three (maximum)
  • GRE verbal and quantitative:  Highly recommended.  In rare cases we may accept applicants with other standardized test scores; please contact the program if you have questions; the more information provided the easier it will be to assess suitability for the program
  • Personal Statement: one page statement required
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample.  There is no need to create a new piece of writing, and we would generally prefer not to receive an example of scientific writing.  If you have any other sample of English writing--a history paper, an essay, a poem--of short length, that should be more than adequate.
  • TOEFL or IELTS English proficiency test for international applicants

Learning Outcomes