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Chemistry, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #1055 (BCR) , SD,
We offer a master degree in Chemistry at South Dakota State University. The M.S. degree requires 21 credits hours of course work, 2 credits of seminar and 7 credits of research. See below course work for Ph.D. for specific course requirements.


At South Dakota State University, the Department's M.S. in Chemistry emphasizes research.  It requires a completion of a research project leading to a written thesis and its defense in front of a faculty advisory committee.  On the average, it takes approximately two and one-half years beyond a bachelor's degree to complete the M.S. program

Chemical Education Research (CER) is a relatively new area of research as compared to traditional areas in chemistry such as inorganic, organic, and analytical chemistry.  CER has its foundation in the sound theories of teaching and learning that support the pillars of experimental design through qualitative, quantitative, and mixed method approaches to research. 

Career Development 

  • Academia: as a faculty member in area of chemistry (Teaching/Teaching and Research)
  • Non-profit institutions: example RAND corporation, ACT
  • For profit companies or institutions that include Textbook Publishers - Pearson, Willey, Web Assign
  • Federal or state education policy
  • School teachers
  • Technical or Scientific writers (Textbook authors, Technical report developers)
  • Independent Consultants


Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Chemical Communication Skills
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry 
  • Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • Principles of Biochemistry
  • Advanced Analytical Chemistry

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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General Requirements

  • Submit the Online Application
  • Pay the Application Fee - The $35.00 fee can be paid through the online application system at the time of application submission or by sending a check or money order to the Graduate School
  • Submit Your Official Transcripts 
  • Submit Proof of Immunity 
  • Submit Any Additional Documents Required by Your Program of Interest

Tuition Fee

  • International

    647 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 647 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    336 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 336 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Brookings

  • 1085 - 1890 USD/month
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