Western Illinois University

M.Sc. On Campus
12 months
13830 USD/year
13830 USD/year
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The Department of Chemistry at Western Illinois University offers work leading to the Master of Science (MS) degree through either a Thesis Plan or an Applied Chemistry Plan.


The Chemistry program at Western Illinois University accommodates individual career objectives for those with degrees in chemistry and allied fields, and allows those with minors in chemistry to pursue advanced work and placement in the field. The department also provides inservice training to chemists and chemical educators who are not candidates for the MS degree. The Department of Chemistry has seen enormous growth in the past 30 years with many new applications in biotechnology, materials, medicine, nanotechnology, environmental health, alternative fuels, and forensic science. New information is rapidly transferred from research laboratories to practical applications.

The Integrated Baccalaureate and Master’s degree program (IBMP) in Chemistry provides an opportunity for outstanding undergraduate Chemistry/Biochemistry/Forensic Chemistry majors to complete both a Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Chemistry and a Master of Science degree in Chemistry in five years. In addition to earning both degrees a year early, the integrated programs may include additional opportunities to participate in a variety of experiential educational activities such as a Master’s project or thesis.

Why Chemistry at Western Illinois University?

Chemistry students get frequent one-on-one training and advisement through informal interactions with our faculty in the research labs. Each of our faculty, on average, mentor two or three graduate students every year. The faculty gets to know the students, including their goals and aspirations, on a personal level.

Most of our faculty either presently hold or have recently held research grants funded by the National Science Foundation, National Cancer Institute as well agencies within the National Institutes of Health, Research Corporation, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, NASA, EPA, and/or research contracts from pharmaceutical companies or biotech industries. 

Extracurricular Opportunities

Our students travel to state, regional, national, and international conferences. These trips are funded by research grants. The students present their research data and mix and meet chemists from across the U.S. and around the world.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Chemical Literature
  • Biochemistry
  • Advanced Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry of Human Disease

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants for admission to the School of Graduate Studies must hold a bachelor's degree from an institution that is accredited by the appropriate U.S. Department of Education regional institutional accrediting agency. 
  • Applicants usually apply for admission to a degree program simultaneously with admission to the School of Graduate Studies. 
  • If the applicant meets the minimum admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies, a copy of the application materials is forwarded to the program of interest for consideration.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13830 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13830 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    13830 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13830 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.


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