About the Program
The Chemistry graduate program is designed to provide a solid background in the chosen area of specialization. It emphasizes the acquisition of skills that enable students to gain further knowledge in their research and professional careers. For this reason, the Chemistry graduate degree program is research oriented, and seminar attendance and familiarization with the chemical literature are considered integral. The course requirements are comparatively light, although a wide variety of intermediate and advanced courses in related areas are offered. Students are encouraged to take courses, according to their research interests, in related areas such as Biology, Computer Science and Physics.
Time Limit for Degree Completion: 3 years
Campus Location: Main
Full-Time/Part-Time Status: The degree program can be completed on a full- or part-time basis.
Interdisciplinary Study: A Chemical Physics program is offered jointly with the Department of Physics.
Areas of Specialization: The Department of Chemistry offers programs leading to the MS and PhD degrees in Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Physical Chemistry. Areas of specialization include environmental chemistry, materials and polymers, medicinal, nanoscience, photonics and surface science. For the master's program, three options are offered:
- Thesis Track, which is designed for students who are not full-time. Students cannot receive financial support from the Chemistry Department when completing this option. Any student wanting to pursue this option must receive prior approval from the Chemistry Graduate Committee.
- Coursework Track, which is designed for students who already have extensive experience in the laboratory and are currently employed in the local chemical industry. Students must obtain permission from the Graduate Committee to pursue this option.
- Research Track, which facilitates earning a master's degree by PhD students who have passed their candidacy exam upon successful defense of their Original Research Proposal or who have completed sufficient coursework commensurate with a master's degree. This track is available to students in the PhD program with approvals from their research advisor and the Graduate Committee.
Job Prospects: The majority of students find employment in the chemical industry. Some go on to academic positions or positions in government laboratories.
Non-Matriculated Student Policy: Non-matriculated students are allowed to take up to 9 credits before admission into a degree program must be sought.
Financing Opportunities: The duties of a Teaching Assistant typically involve leading recitation sections and/or overseeing laboratories, as well as grading lab assignments, tests and quizzes, when applicable. After their first year, most students are supported by a research assistantship.
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Fall: December 15
Spring: September 15
For Fall admissions, priority is given to applications submitted by December 15. Applications submitted after December 15 will be considered on a case-by-case basis for admissions and financial assistance.
Applications for Spring admission should be received by September 15. Note, however, that Spring admission is rare as coursework is designed to start in the Fall.
Letters of Reference:
Number Required: 3
From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from faculty or people in industry who are familiar with the academic and/or research aptitude of the candidate.
Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: A baccalaureate degree is required. Typically, the undergraduate degree has been earned in Chemistry, Biochemistry or a related field.
Statement of Goals: Identify your specific interest in Temple's program, research goals, future career goals, and academic and research achievements.
Standardized Test Scores:
Applicants who earned their baccalaureate degree from an institution where the language of instruction was other than English, with the exception of those who subsequently earned a master’s degree at a U.S. institution, must report scores for a standardized test of English that meet these minimums:
- TOEFL iBT: 88
- IELTS Academic: 6.5
- PTE Academic: 60
- Duolingo: 110
Regardless of score, all international students are required to take a SPEAK test upon arrival at Temple.
Resume: Current resume required.
Transfer Credit: All graduate credits earned by a student prior to matriculation in the Chemistry graduate program are subject to evaluation and approval by the Chemistry Graduate Committee. A "Request for Transfer of Graduate Credit" form, found in TUportal under the Tools tab within “University Forms,” must be completed. It must be supplemented with an official transcript, sent directly by the Registrar of the institution where the credits were earned. All transfer credits must be "B" or higher and must be from an accredited institution. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 6.
General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30
|Six formal lecture courses||18|
|One approved graduate course and/or research course||4|
|CHEM 9996||Master's Thesis Research||6|
|Total Credit Hours||30|
|Ten formal lecture courses||30|
|Total Credit Hours||30|
|Six or more formal lecture courses||18-21|
|CHEM 9901||Original Research Proposal Preparation||6-10|
|or CHEM 9991||Master's Research Projects|
|Total Credit Hours||30|
In consultation with an academic advisor, students select coursework from the following approved courses: CHEM 5001 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry I, CHEM 5102 Data Analysis and Evidence, CHEM 5103 Advanced Instrumental Methods, CHEM 5107 Drug Analysis, CHEM 5108 Investigative Chemistry, CHEM 5201 Physical Methods in Organic Chemistry, CHEM 5202 Organic Reaction Mechanisms, CHEM 5205 Organic Syntheses, CHEM 5301 Quantum Chemistry, CHEM 5302 Statistical Thermodynamics, CHEM 5304 Nanomaterials Chemistry and Physics, CHEM 5305 Chemical Kinetics, CHEM 5358 Cellular/Molecular Neuroscience, CHEM 5401 Biochemistry I, CHEM 5412 Structural Bioinformatics II, CHEM 5505 Advanced Polymer Structure and Properties, CHEM 5701 Teaching of Chemistry, CHEM 8000 Special Topics in Inorganic Chemistry, CHEM 8001 Leadership, Law and Ethics in Forensic Science, CHEM 8107 Advanced Forensic Chemistry, CHEM 8200 Special Topics in Organic Chemistry, CHEM 8201 The Chemistry of Natural Products, CHEM 8205 Heterocyclic Chemistry, CHEM 8210 Special Topics in Organic Chemistry, CHEM 8300 Special Topics in Physical Chemistry, CHEM 8301 Molecular Spectroscopy, CHEM 8302 Computational Chemistry, CHEM 8303 Modern Meth in Exp Chem, CHEM 8310 Special Topics in Analytical Chemistry, CHEM 8400 Special Topics in Biochemistry, CHEM 8401 Bioinorganic Chemistry, CHEM 8501 High Polymer Chemistry, CHEM 8601 Analytical Separations, CHEM 8985 Teaching in Higher Ed:Phys Sci, CHEM 9300 Seminar in Physical Chemistry, CHEM 9800 Seminar in Forensic Chemistry, and CHEM 9900 Seminar.
Selecting the Research Track requires approval from the student's research advisor and the Chemistry Graduate Committee.
Culminating Events: In addition to successful completion of coursework, the Thesis Track and Coursework Track require the following:
The MS thesis is the culminating event for the Thesis Track. The thesis should be an original piece of research. Often, but not always, the research described in the MS thesis can be published in a peer-reviewed journal. The student coordinates the time for the defense with their Graduate Advisory Committee, which is responsible for evaluating the thesis and its defense. No thesis should go to defense unless it is ready for public scrutiny.
The master's examination is usually the last requirement to be fulfilled by students in the Coursework Track. Its purpose is to demonstrate a breadth and depth of knowledge in the core concepts of Chemistry. The exam is based on the student's major track in Chemistry. Faculty members in the student's track write the questions for the master's exam. The faculty members who write the questions grade the exam. Students schedule the exam with the department.
Program Web Address:
Dept. of Chemistry
130 Beury Hall
1901 N. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6014
Submission Address for Application Materials:
Ann M. Valentine, PhD