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Chemistry, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
, CA,
Chemistry is the area of science in which the composition, structure, properties, and reactions of substances are studied. The Chemistry Department at Sacramento State offers a BS in Chemistry, a BS in Biochemistry, a BA in Chemistry (including concentrations in Biochemistry or Forensic Chemistry), and the MS degree in Chemistry (including a concentration in Biochemistry).


The graduate program in Chemistry leads to a Master of Science (MS) degree. It provides students an opportunity to receive advanced training in chemistry, biochemistry, and chemical education and to pursue independent research. The MS program enhances a student's overall knowledge in chemistry and experimental skills and prepares students for careers in industry and teaching and for entry into PhD and professional programs.

Special Features
  • The Department of Chemistry is accredited by the American Chemical Society, and students graduating with the BS Chemistry degree will receive a certificate from the Society.
  • Several science computing labs are available to students.
  • The Chemistry faculty strongly believe that students majoring in Chemistry should have an opportunity to participate in basic or applied research and to work closely with faculty in developing their chemical skills and knowledge. Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts majors are strongly encouraged to complete an independent research project. All graduate students must enroll in a graduate research course.
  • All faculty serve as advisors to students and have a strong commitment to helping students find jobs or gain admission to graduate programs or professional schools.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Applications of Computational Chemistry
  • Selected Topics in Chemistry
  • Topics in Interdisciplinary Chemistry
  • Topics in Synthetic Chemistry
  • Topics in Applied Chemistry
  • Topics in Physical Chemistry
  • Topics in Chemistry Education
  • Protein Biochemistry
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Detailed Programme Facts

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

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 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

  • a BA degree in chemistry, biochemistry or its equivalent as determined by the graduate committee;
  • a minimum 2.5 GPA overall, in the last 60 units, and in chemistry, biochemistry, math, and physics courses;
  • two letters of recommendation from persons qualified to judge the applicant's potential for successful graduate study
  • a personal statement describing the applicant's motivation for seeking a master's degree, why the Sacramento State Chemistry department was selected for pursuing this degree, and the area of advanced study within chemistry, biochemistry or education research the applicant plans to focus 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15800 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    7968 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7968 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    7176 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7176 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Sacramento

  • 1190 - 1770 USD/month
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