Students are educated and must demonstrate proficiency in a particular subdiscipline, but have the opportunity to pursue research that spans multiple fields of chemistry and other disciplines if they so desire. This approach provides our students with both the rigorous training and the broad perspectives needed to address present-day scientific and technological challenges.
Most students are admitted to the Chemistry and Chemical Biology program at University of California, Merced to work toward a Ph.D. degree, but applications from students whose goal is a terminal M.S. degree will be considered in special cases. However, a student who has been in residence for at least two semesters, is in good academic standing, and has passed the preliminary exam may petition the Admissions Committee to pursue a terminal M.S. degree.
The recipient of a Chemistry and Chemical Biology degree is understood to possess knowledge of a broad field of learning that extends well beyond that attained at the undergraduate level, but is not necessarily expected to have made a significant original contribution to knowledge in that field.
Graduates of the Chemistry and Chemical Biology thesis M.S. program will:
- Possess the fundamental knowledge needed to understand and critically evaluate current research in their chosen subfield of chemistry.
- Communicate fundamental concepts in their field as well as their own research effectively, in both written and oral form.
- Conduct themselves ethically and responsibly in science-related professions.
- Be proficient in laboratory, theoretical, and/or computational techniques necessary to contribute to knowledge in their chosen subfield of chemistry.
- Complete at least two semesters of full-time academic residence (12 units minimum) at UC Merced;
- Complete a minimum of 24 semester units, at least 12 of which must be earned in 200 series graduate-level courses;
- Complete the required courses for one of the available emphasis tracks, with a letter grade of at least “B” in each course (“S” in seminar courses graded S/U);
- Earn a passing grade in a course addressing scientific ethics, approved by the Educational Policy Committee;
- Serve as a teaching assistant for at least one semester;
- Pass the preliminary examination.
- Prepare an acceptable thesis describing original research in the field.
- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
DisciplinesChemistry Biology Genetics View 494 other Masters in Genetics in United States
- Hold a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution with a major appropriate to the proposed graduate program. This degree must represent the completion of a program equivalent both in the distribution of academic subject matter and scholarship achievement comparable to that offered at the University of California.
- Have a satisfactory scholastic average, usually a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) is required.
- Provide TOEFL or IELTS test scores (international students only). Please visit our International Application Information page.
- Individual Program Requirements: Please review below any additional requirements imposed by the graduate program you are applying to (GRE test scores, Writing Samples).
International11502 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 5751 USD per semester during 12 months.
National11502 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 5751 USD per semester during 12 months.
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