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Program Description

The Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology at Cornell University has initiated a program leading to a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Chemistry & Chemical Biology. The department anticipates that most participants in this program will have undergraduate degrees in Chemistry or a closely related field, and so the program will provide an opportunity to refresh or upgrade their skills relevant to the molecular sciences. As the M.S. program is intended to be individually tailored to the needs of the applicant, it should also be of interest to students who are seeking to fill in gaps in their educational backgrounds prior to advanced studies in Chemistry, Medicine, or other areas related to the Physical Sciences and Engineering. This graduate program will also be advantageous to members of the community that are seeking to learn modern techniques of the chemical and materials world by gaining access to state-of-the-art instruments and facilities at Cornell.

The M.S. program consists of 30 (or more) credit hours of coursework to be completed over a single academic year. As the academic backgrounds and personal/professional goals of each student will likely differ, we anticipate significant diversity in the programs of study in the M.S. degree and therefore do not prescribe a rigid set of courses as prerequisites or requirements. As such, your program of study will be adapted to your individual interests and needs in consultation with the M.S. Graduate Program Director, and will likely include coursework selected from across Cornell’s campus.

Another essential component of the M.S. degree is the participation in a significant research effort in conjunction with the faculty and facilities of the department and university. We anticipate that student interests will span a wide range of disciplines such as Analytical, Biological, Inorganic, Organic, Materials, Physical, and Theoretical Chemistry. Within these fields, individual student interests are likely to range from the theoretical foundations of the discipline to applications of modern experimental research methods---and the teaching and research facilities of Cornell University will be available to enable such a vast array of distinct yet tailored graduate studies.

The academic year tuition is set by Cornell University and is currently $29,500 (for more information, please see http://gradschool.cornell.edu/tuition). We do not anticipate the availability of tuition waivers for the M.S. program.  

Admission to the M.S. graduate program is distinct from admission to the Ph.D. program. Enrollment in the M.S. program in CCB neither precludes a subsequent application to the Ph.D. program, nor does it serve as an alternate pathway into that program. Applications for admission to the M.S. program commencing in Fall 2017 will be reviewed beginning February 1, 2017 and will continue on a rolling basis through June 15, 2017.

Contact Information

Graduate Studies Office
Cornell University
Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology
Baker Laboratory
Ithaca, NY 14853-1301
chemgrad@cornell.edu
607-255-4139

Graduate Program Coordinator
Pat Hine
103 Baker Laboratory
pah3@cornell.edu
607-255-4139

M.S. Graduate Program Director
Prof. David B. Zax
G36 Baker Laboratory
david.zax@cornell.edu
607-255-3646

Director of Graduate Studies
Prof. H. Floyd Davis
hfd1@cornell.edu