A candidate for the Master’s degree, Professional Track (Plan B) must complete a total of at least 30 credits of graduate coursework. Up to 10 graduate credits in Chemistry or Biochemistry may be transferred from other institutions. Graduate courses offered outside of the program may be taken for graduate credit, with prior approval.

To graduate, the cumulative GPA from lecture-course credits must be a 3.0 or higher. Any student whose average lecture-course GPA for a given semester falls below a 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. Only one C or C+ and a maximum of 9 credits may be counted towards the 30 credits.

Click the folder icon to see the requirements for the M.S. in Chemistry.

The list of requirements are also available in the Course Catalog.

Coursework. At least 27 credits of lecture coursework must be completed from:

  • 56:160:500-level   Any 500-level graduate chemistry lecture course
  • 56:115:500-level   Any 500-level graduate biochemistry lecture course
  • 50:160:500-level   Any 500-level chemistry laboratory course
  • 50:115:500-level   Any 500-level biochemistry laboratory course

Independent Study Credit. Two credits of Independent Study courses (56:160:619,620 or 56:115:619,620) are taken under the supervision of a faculty adviser.

Research Seminar. One credit of 56:160:601 or 602. This course is taken during the final semester in which the student will be presenting the summary of their independent study research paper.

Independent Study Presentation and Final Examination. This presentation is given during the semester in which the student completes his or her course of study. The presentation is open to the public and possibly scheduled as a research seminar. 

A diploma application must be submitted online in accordance with the deadlines that can be found at https://graduateschool.camden.rutgers.edu/graduation. The Application for Admission to Candidacy for Degree (side one) should be completed by the candidate and submitted to the graduate director prior to the examination. Application forms are available at https://graduateschool.camden.rutgers.edu/files/Application-for-Admission-to-Candidacy-for-Degree.pdf. The student must inform the graduate director of the intent to complete the final examination. The examination must be completed in accordance with the schedule established by the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School-Camden and the chemistry program. In the event of an unfavorable decision, the examination may be repeated twice.

The recommended 2-year sequence is provided below:

Year 1Year 1-SummerYear 2

Year 1 – Fall (9 total credits)
   Step 1: Register for Graduate Chemistry Courses – 9 credits of approved courses listed below*
   Step 2: Plan Independent Study Project – Meet with potential advisers and plan project

Year 1 – Spring (6 total credits)
   Step 1: Register for Graduate Chemistry Courses – 6 credits of approved courses listed below*
   Step 2: Independent Study Project – Begin or continue independent study

*Graduate Chemistry Courses:
56:160:500-level   Any 500-level graduate chemistry lecture course
56:115:500-level   Any 500-level graduate biochemistry lecture course
50:160:500-level   Any 500-level chemistry laboratory course
50:115:500-level   Any 500-level biochemistry laboratory course

Year 1 – Summer (0 total credits)
   Step 1: Continue Independent Study Project

Year 2 – Fall (7 total credits)
   Step 1: Register for Graduate Chemistry Courses – 6 credits of approved courses listed below*
   Step 2: Register for 56:160:620 or 56:115:620, Independent Study – 1 credit

Year 2 – Spring (8 total credits)
   Step 1: Register for Graduate Chemistry Courses – 6 credits of approved courses listed below*
   Step 2: Register for 56:160:620 or 56:115:620, Independent Study – 1 credit
   Step 3: Hand in Project and Final Report to Project Adviser – Mutually agreed upon timeline
   Step 4: Register for 56:160:602, Seminar – 1 credit, Present research
   Step 5: Submit Online Diploma Application & Application for Admission to Candidacy for Degree by Due Date – Due Dates and Applications available at Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

*Graduate Chemistry Courses:
56:160:500-level   Any 500-level graduate chemistry lecture course
56:115:500-level   Any 500-level graduate biochemistry lecture course
50:160:500-level   Any 500-level chemistry laboratory course
50:115:500-level   Any 500-level biochemistry laboratory course