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Why Pursue an MS in Chemistry?

The master’s degree in Chemistry emphasizes cutting-edge research directed to the preparation of our students for competitive future careers. Diverse opportunities are provided by our faculty in fields of specialization that extend from the classical subdivisions of chemistry to biochemistry. This program includes graduate programs of study in:

  • Analytical chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Physical chemistry

Thesis Option

A thesis option is recommended for students who are planning a career in research or who contemplate pursuing a doctorate in their program of study. Students electing the thesis option must complete six semester credit hours of Master’s Thesis (CHE 6983). Students may also earn up to three semester credit hours of Directed Research (CHE 6991-3). Students must successfully defend their thesis research before their Graduate Committee prior to the submission of the thesis to the Dean of the Graduate School for approval.

Non-Thesis Option

A non-thesis option is available for those who want the opportunity to earn the Master of Science degree primarily through organized coursework and nine credit hours of Directed Research (CHE 6991-9). Students must submit an acceptable final written report and pass an oral presentation during the last semester of work.

Admission & Application Requirements

Applications are submitted through the UTSA Graduate Application. Please upload all required documents (listed below) on your UTSA Graduate Application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure completion and submission of the application, a nonrefundable application fee, and all required supporting documents are on file with UTSA by the appropriate application deadline.

Chemistry (MS)
  Required Degree Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or have proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution
  Minimum GPA 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) departments may consider GPA of last 60 semester credit hours
  Coursework 18 credit hours in an area related to this graduate degree and at least 12 hours must be at the upper-division level
  Transcripts* Required from all institutions attended; international transcripts must be recorded/translated to English
  Credential Evaluation Required if you have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions, submit an evaluation of your transcripts from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) directly from the graduate admission application platform
  TOEFL/IELTS Score 550 TOEFL Paper / 79 TOEFL Internet / 6.5 IELTS scores for International applicants (exempt countries)
  Purpose Statement Required 750-900 words describing research interest and why you're applying
  Resume Required
  Letters of Recommendation 2 letters demonstrating your academic and personal attributes for success in this program (you will request these through the Graduate Admissions Application; let your recommenders know of your deadline to ensure submissions are on time)
*Unofficial transcripts will be taken into consideration for admissions; however if admitted into the program, you must submit official transcripts to the University.
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Admission Deadlines

Applicants are encouraged to have their admission file completed as early as possible. All applications, required documents and letters of recommendation if applicable must be submitted by 5:00 PM U.S. Central Time on the day of the deadline. Deadlines are subject to change.

Chemistry (MS)
Completed applications will be reviewed for admission on rolling basis. Decisions generally will be made and sent to applicants within 4 to 6 weeks of receiving the application.
  Fall Spring Summer
Priority March 15 August 15 Not Available
International June 1 October 15 April 15
Domestic June 1 October 15 April 15

Funding Opportunities

Qualified students are encouraged to apply for teaching and/or research assistantships and fellowships. Requests should be sent to the Graduate Advisor of Record for chemistry when application is made for admission to UTSA.

Career Options

UTSA prepares you for future careers that are in demand. The possible careers below is data pulled by a third-party tool called Emsi, which pulls information from sources like the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, online job postings, other government databases and more to give you regional and national career outlook related to this academic program.


This program is housed on UTSA’s Main Campus.

Graduate Advisor of Record

Ghezai T. Musie, PhD

210-458-5454

Ghezai.Musie@utsa.edu