The master's degree program in chemistry, started in 1993, focuses on applied chemistry and prepares students to work in industrial or governmental laboratories or to pursue doctoral studies. All graduates are currently employed or are in doctoral programs. Recent graduates are in PhD programs at Notre Dame University, Kansas State University, University of Arkansas, University of Iowa, University of Missouri, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and University of Kansas. Recent employers include Missouri Highway Patrol Crime Labs, Environmental Works, Pfizer and Midwest Research Institute. Although the program has grown considerably, it is still small enough to provide an individualized curriculum and to permit close interactions between students and faculty members. In addition, the number of faculty is sufficiently large to make available a wide range of research opportunities.
The Master of Science in Chemistry program at Missouri State University is designed to prepare graduates for responsible positions in industrial or government laboratories or for advanced studies at the doctoral level. Primary objectives of the program are:
- Development of a sound knowledge of chemical principles
- Acquisition of outstanding research and communication skills
- Attainment of an understanding and appreciation of applied chemistry and the importance of multidisciplinary approaches to the solution of scientific problems.
Areas of specialization include analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry, as well as interdisciplinary studies in biotechnology, environmental science and materials science.
Formal courses, graduate seminars, professional advisement, directed research, and a master’s thesis will be incorporated into a customized curriculum based on the individual’s scholastic background and career goals. On completion of the program, students have developed the skills needed for a career in chemical production, development or research.
For more information contact:
Dr. G. Alan Schick
Department of Chemistry
Missouri State University
901 S. National Avenue
Springfield, MO 65897