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Chemistry, M.Sc.

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  • 24 months
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The Chemistry program of San Francisco State University focuses in depth on an independent scientific investigation, solid research and communication skills are developed. The goal of both M.S. degree programs is to provide students with a thorough grounding in laboratory and research skills, and in-depth training in their areas of specialization. The program provides excellent training for:

  • careers in all aspects of the chemical industry (biotechnology, environment, process and analytical, basic research);
  • science educators seeking to increase their skill and knowledge base; and
  • students whose goal is advanced study at the Ph.D. level.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge in a subdiscipline of chemistry.
  • Organize and communicate scientific information clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
  • Use the scientific literature to develop and implement a research project.
  • Demonstrate independence in designing and conducting experiments, analyzing data and interpreting results.
  • Keep accurate records of experiments and data.
  • Demonstrate an ability to engage in collaborative scientific activities in research and coursework.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Research Methods
  • Electron Microscopy
  • Special Topics in Chemistry
  • NMR Applications and Techniques
  • Mass Spectrometry - Principles and Practice 
  • Organic Synthesis

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Have completed an undergraduate major in chemistry or biochemistry. If this criterion is not met, the student may be admitted, but additional coursework will be required
  • Have a GPA of at least 3.0 in chemistry and related courses
  • Report GRE scores of the general (not subject) exams
  • Applicants are required to fill out the department application form
  • Submit three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with previous academic work and/or potential for graduate work in chemistry
  • English language proficiency (international students)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    8704 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8704 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    8704 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8704 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for San Francisco

  • 2206 - 4120 USD/month
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