24 months
17886 USD/year
17886 USD/year
7480 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Western Carolina University offers three concentrations under its Master of Science in Chemistry, including a traditional masters in chemistry, an environmental chemistry concentration, a professional science concentration and a comprehensive concentration.


What You'll Learn

The Master of Science in Chemistry from Western Carolina University is a 30-semester hour program that provides opportunities to advance your knowledge of chemistry in the classroom and the laboratory. Course work includes topics such as pharmacology, biostatistics and genomics. Students on the traditional track will also work, individually, with a faculty member on an original research project in forensic chemistry, biochemistry, materials science or another subcategory of chemistry. PSM students will earn exposure to professional writing and other essential business administration skills.

Where You'll Go

Chemists have a variety of professional options available inside and outside of their specific field. Many chemists go on to continue their research in a specific discipline while other find themselves in the classroom continuing their studies or as an educator. Chemists can be found working in the fields of hazardous waste management, biotechnology, government research, agricultural chemistry and many other fields across the occupational spectrum. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states the average salary of chemists and material scientists is $73,060 and expects the job field to grow 6% by 2022.

Programme Structure

Chemistry curriculum include:

  • Seminar in Chemistry 
  • Research in Chemistry
  • Thesis
  • Instrumental Analysis
  • Topics in Analytical Chemistry 
  • Synthetic Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Organic Chemistry
  • Topics in Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry: Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • We encourage applications from mathematics, computer science, physics, biology, environmental health, natural resources management, and geology undergraduates. However, applicants with bachelor degrees in areas other than chemistry may be required to take additional coursework.
  • Transcripts (unofficial)
  • GRE General Test scores
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • 1-2 page statement outlining goals and research interests

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17886 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8943 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    17886 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8943 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • In-State

    7480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3740 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Cullowhee

900 - 1400 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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