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Chemistry and Chemical Biology M.S. (Ithaca)

Field of Study

Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Program Description

The Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology (CCB) at Cornell University has initiated a program leading to a Master of Science (M.S.) degree. Students with interests in all subfields of Chemistry (e.g., Analytical, Biological, Inorganic, Organic, Materials, Physical, and Theoretical) are invited to apply and the teaching/research facilities of Cornell University will be used to design a personalized graduate program.

The department anticipates that most participants in the M.S. program will have undergraduate degrees in Chemistry or a closely related field, and so the program will provide an opportunity to refresh and upgrade their skills relevant to the molecular sciences. As the M.S. program is individually tailored to the needs of each applicant, it should also be of interest to students who are seeking to fill in gaps in their educational backgrounds prior to advanced studies in Chemistry, Medicine, or other areas related to the Physical Sciences and Engineering. This graduate program will also be advantageous to members of the community seeking to learn modern techniques of the chemical and materials world by gaining access to the state-of-the-art instruments and facilities at Cornell.

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. As such, 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 campus.

Although the M.S. program is not research based, there may be opportunities for the program participants to become involved in a research effort in conjunction with the faculty and facilities of the department and university.

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