M.S. and M.A. Programs in Chemistry

The Chemistry M.S. and M.A. programs provide post-baccalaureate training in one or more of the primary subdisciplines of chemistry, including computational, analytical, organic, inorganic, and physical. Training is in the form of advanced coursework, advanced techniques associated with a research project, and dissemination of ideas in both written and oral communications.
We offer a flexible M.S. program in Chemistry or optional concentrations in the focal areas of the department, Biochemistry and Neuroscience and Environmental Chemistry.
Our primary goal is that students will either be accepted into nationally accredited graduate or professional programs or will have secured professional employment that makes significant use of their M.S. or M.A. training. M.S. students write a research-based thesis, and results from student research will appear in peer-reviewed publications or form the basis for future publications. M.A. students write a report instead of a research-based thesis, giving latitude for broader coursework or literature-based investigations.
Our intended learning outcomes for students in the M.S and M.A. degrees in chemistry are:
  • Graduates attain a level of technical ability and knowledge to function as professionals in their discipline.
  • Communication/presentation skills are consistent with professional standards.   
  • Graduates obtain employment or continue education in the field following graduation.  
  • In addition to the above intended outcomes, M.S. graduates will have performed research using technical and problem solving skills to contribute to their field. 

M.S. and M.A. students often are employed in chemistry or chemistry-related careers or continue education to the Ph.D. level or in professional schools (e.g. Medical, Law, Business, etc. schools).

All faculty members in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry can mentor M.S. and M.A. students in this program.  See individual faculty pages for their research specializations and opportunities that may exist in their groups.  See our "Apply to Graduate Programs" page and study Chemistry at UAF.  Current students should see our "For Current Students" page for information on how to progress towards their degree.

Chemistry Graduate Program Coordinators

William Howard 907-474-6019 (email) for Chemistry
Kelly Drew 907 474 7190 (kldrew@alaska.edu) for Biochemistry and Neuroscience
William Simpson 907 474 7235 (wrsimpson@alaska.edu) for Environmental Chemistry
Tom Trainor 907 474 5628 (tptrainor@alaska.edu) for Environmental Chemistry

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