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Program Description

The Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology (CCB) at Cornell University has initiated a program leading to a Master of Science (M.S.) degree. Students with interests in all subfields of Chemistry (e.g., Analytical, Biological, Inorganic, Organic, Materials, Physical, and Theoretical) are invited to apply and the teaching/research facilities of Cornell University will be used to design a personalized graduate program.

The department anticipates that most participants in the M.S. program will have undergraduate degrees in Chemistry or a closely related field, and so the program will provide an opportunity to refresh and upgrade their skills relevant to the molecular sciences. As the M.S. program is individually tailored to the needs of each 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 seeking to learn modern techniques of the chemical and materials world by gaining access to the state-of-the-art instruments and facilities at Cornell.

Graduate Coursework

The M.S. program consists of 30 credit hours of coursework which may be completed over a single academic year. As the academic backgrounds and personal/professional goals of each student will 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.

Although the M.S. program is not research based, there may be opportunities for the program participants to become involved in a research effort in conjunction with the faculty and facilities of the department and university.

Applying to the M.S. Program

Admission to the M.S. 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 2018 will be reviewed beginning January 1, 2018 and will continue on a rolling basis through June 15, 2018.

Tuition is set by Cornell University and is currently $29,500. Tuition for the 2018-2019 academic year will be finalized in February 2018. CCB cannot offer direct financial support to M.S. students and we do not anticipate the availability of tuition waivers for this program. Students wishing to pursue the M.S. degree in CCB should apply directly to the Field of Chemistry & Chemical Biology through the Graduate School at Cornell University. The Cornell University Graduate School website provides information about general requirements, available fellowships, and specific prerequisites for international students. Further details regarding the CCB graduate program can be found here as well as the application form (which includes a course record form).

Contact Information

Graduate Studies Office 
Cornell University
Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology
103 Baker Laboratory
Ithaca, NY 14853-1301
(607) 255-4139

Graduate Program Coordinator
Pat Hine
103 Baker Laboratory
(607) 255-4139

M.S. Graduate Program Director
Prof. David B. Zax
G36 Baker Laboratory
(607) 255-3646

Director of Graduate Studies
Prof. H. Floyd Davis
260B S.T. Olin Laboratory
(607) 255-0014