M.A. in Chemistry

  • The Master of Arts degree is designed to meet the needs of the chemist who is currently a full-time employee of a chemical or academic institution and who wishes strengthening in those areas relevant to the professional position. The emphasis here is on course work. The student may also pursue this degree on a full-time basis.

    Four core courses, one in each of the areas of inorganic, organic, analytical, and physical chemistry, are required in the MS and MA programs.* Beyond this point, the programs separate, with the MS student taking more specialized work in chemistry along with an experimental research problem. The MA candidate will take more specialized work in chemistry and will be encouraged to take courses outside the sciences if they are relevant to the particular area of employment.

    *An exception to this is afforded the student wishing to specialize in biochemistry.

    Admission Criteria

    General admissions requirements: Students should have completed one year each of inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, general physics, and calculus. Students wishing to specialize in biochemistry should also have had an undergraduate course in biochemistry. A student deficient in the above areas of study may also be admitted, provided these deficiencies are made up concurrently with the student’s graduate studies.

    Program Requirements

    I. Industrial/Teaching Experience

    Before the degree of MA in Chemistry can be granted, the applicant must have had at least three years of full-time employment in an approved area of chemistry. Only those years of employment after obtaining the bachelor’s degree may be counted. This experience, in addition to the final six credits being taken at IUP, meets the university and departmental residency requirements.

    II. Core Courses (14 cr.)

    CHEM 540 Physical Chemistry 3 cr.
    CHEM 600 Seminar* 2 cr.
    CHEM 610 Inorganic Chemistry 3 cr.
    CHEM 620 Analytical Chemistry 3 cr.
    CHEM 630 Organic Chemistry 3 cr.

    *The MA candidate is not required to attend all daytime seminars but is required to present two seminars and is expected to attend the evening seminars.

    III. Course Electives (10 to 16 cr.)

    Any graduate-level courses selected from the natural sciences and mathematics with the permission of the candidate’s advisor. Special permission from the Chemistry Department’s Graduate Committee will be required for courses outside the sciences.

    IV. Thesis Requirements (0 or 4 cr.)

    The student has two options:

    A. Thesis not required

    A total of 30 semester hours in suitable courses is acceptable.

    B. Committee thesis (CHEM 795-4 cr.)

    If the candidate is doing research as part of full-time employment, that research may be submitted as a thesis, provided approval is given in advance by the employer and the Chemistry Department’s Graduate Committee. The candidate’s employment supervisor may serve as an ex-officio member of the thesis committee.