Chemistry (M.S.)

Chemistry (M.S.) | Graduate

Our Chemistry graduates are prepared for global leadership in the private sector, industry, and government. They have landed positions at Intel, SC Johnson, Bayer Material Science, Exxon Mobil, and Merck, and at federal agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency and NASA. Many of our students have pursued further graduate study at the doctoral level.

The M.S. in Chemistry at Howard’s Graduate School provides rigorous training in chemistry research and real-world applications. The program prepares graduates to pursue careers in the private sector, industry, and government and to pursue further graduate study at the doctoral level. Our graduates have landed positions in industry, working for companies such as Intel, SC Johnson, Bayer Material Science, Exxon Mobil, and Merck, and jobs at federal agencies such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The program welcomes applicants with various backgrounds, including environmental engineering, biomedical sciences, chemistry, mathematics, and atmospheric sciences, among other fields. As a student in the M.S. in Chemistry program, you’ll gain a solid foundation in research design and analytical instrumentation and practical training in a chemical laboratory and computational techniques. You can pursue study in a chosen chemistry subdiscipline, including analytical, atmospheric, biological, inorganic, organic, materials, medicinal, computational, physical, and polymer chemistry and nanochemistry. You’ll enjoy the close mentorship of faculty committed to your professional development and opportunities to collaborate with faculty on research in modern clinical laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art chemical instruments. Recent research efforts have been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Cancer Institute, and the U.S. Department of Defense.

Program Snapshot

      ❱  30 credit hours 

      ❱  Full-time

      ❱  On-campus format

      ❱  Degree: M.S.

Application Deadlines

Spring 2024 entry: 

      ❱  Nov. 1, 2023 (final deadline)

Fall 2024 entry: 

      ❱  Dec. 1, 2023 (early deadline)

      ❱  Feb. 15, 2024 (priority deadline)

      ❱  Apr. 15, 2024 (final deadline)

Applicants should submit their applications as early as possible. Applicants have until the final deadline to apply. However, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the admissions cycle. 

Transfer credits accepted (reviewed by committee)


Dr. Sung Kim

Director of Graduate Studies

Dr. Henderson Cleaves

Department Chair

Pat Crawford

Program Coordinator

Dr. Timothy Ramadhar

Director of Graduate Studies

Program Details

  • Degree Classification: Graduate
  • Related Degrees: M.S.

Admission Requirements

Application for Admission

  • Online GradCAS application
  • Statement of purpose/ Statement of academic interest (500-1,000 words)
  • GRE scores required
  • Official transcripts sent to GradCAS
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university or the international equivalent
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae

GRE Required?

  • Yes

GRE Preferred Minimums

  • GRE Verbal Reasoning: N/A
  • GRE Quantitative Reasoning: N/A
  • GRE Analytical Writing: N/A

GPA Required Minimums

  • Overall GPA minimum: 3.0
  • Undergrad GPA minimum: 3.0

Reference Requirements

Evaluator type accepted:

  • Professor (Required)
  • Supervisor/Manager

Evaluator type not accepted:

  • Friend
  • Family Member
  • Coworker
  • Clergy
  • Other