We welcome your interest in the Master of Sciences programs in Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCCS! We offer the MSc–Chemistry option and MSc–Biochemistry option. For both options, a student can fulfill the requirements of the research track with completion of a thesis or complete the requirements of the course track (non-thesis).
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Graduate Training in Chemistry & Biochemistry
Overview page about the Master of Sciences programs in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry - Why pursue an MSc, what it costs, admission requirements, course requirements, FAQs, and more.
Master of Sciences - Research Track
The objective of the research track (thesis) MSc program is to provide extensive training in research, with options in Chemistry or Biochemistry. This degree track is intended for students whose career goals align with obtaining a research or technical position in industry, seeking additional graduate training in a doctoral program, or desiring to strengthen critical thinking and scientific writing skills.
Master of Sciences - Course Track
The objective of the course track (non-thesis) MSc program is to provide an alternative pathway for students to complete an MSc degree, with options in Chemistry or Biochemistry, without completing an in-depth research project and thesis. This degree track is intended for students whose career goals or current work responsibilities lower the desirability of conducting the required 15 credit-requirement of research and thesis credits of the research track. This course degree track is well suited for non-traditional students, K-12 teachers, or employees of local industry who want to earn the MSc degree for career progression.
Accelerated Master's Program
The Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP) offers highly qualified UCCS chemistry and biochemistry majors (and biology majors; see below) the opportunity to pursue the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (BA or BS) in Chemistry or Biochemistry and the Master of Sciences (MSc) in Chemistry or Biochemistry concurrently.
Graduate Student Financial Support
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has a limited number of $15,000 annual GTAs available. Application for these is a competitive process, and recipients are required to teach four labs over the course of the year (two each in the fall and spring semesters). Additional graduate student financial support opportunities are listed.