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Graduate Bulletin

Chemistry, M.A.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall: February 15 [December 15 for international applicants]

Spring: September 15  [August 1 for international applicants]


Semi-rolling: Initial selection date for fall admission is February 15, with a final review on March 30. The initial selection date for spring admission is September 15, with a final review of October 30.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 3

From Whom: Faculty or industry people who are familiar with the academic and/or research aptitude of the candidate.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

The vast majority of applicants have or will receive an undergraduate degree in chemistry or a related field.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

Yes. Typically, an undergraduate degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry or related field.

Statement of Goals:

The Statement of Goals should include the following elements: your specific interest in Temple's program; your research goals; your future career goals; and your academic and research achievements.

Standardized Test Scores:

If the student's GPA is below 3.25, they can be considered for appointment as a TA if their percentile scores on the Verbal and

Quantitative portions of the GRE sum to at least 100%.

For international applicants, the minimum TOEFL score or range of scores to be accepted:  575 on the paper-based test or 230 on the computer-based test.  Regadless of their score, all applicants are required to take a SPEAK test upon arrival at Temple.



A resume is required.

Transfer Credit:

All graduate credits earned by a student prior to matriculation into the Chemistry Graduate Program are subject to evaluation and approval by the Chemistry Graduate Committee. A Transfer of Credit Form 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.

Program Requirements
Campus Location:

Main Campus

Full-time/Part-time Status:

Students are required to complete the degree program through classes offered before and after 4:30 p.m.

General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 20

Required Courses:

Six graduate courses are required. Three of these courses must be in the student's area of concentration, which depends upon the track. Students must earn a total of 18 semester hours of coursework. At least 3 courses must be in their track. 6 semester hours of research are also required.

Internship: No internship is required.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Additional Requirements:

The additional requirement is typically either a thesis or M.A. comprehensive exam, depending on the M.A. track.

Culminating Events:

Comprehensive Examination:

The comprehensive examination is usually the last requirement to be fulfilled. Its purpose is to demonstrate a breadth and depth of knowledge in the core concepts of chemistry as given in the "Course Masters" track. The exam is based on the student's major track in chemistry. Faculty members in the student's track write the questions for the comprehensive exam. The faculty members who write the questions will grade the exam. Students should schedule the exam though the graduate secretary.


The M.A. thesis should be an original piece of research. Often, but not always, the research described in the M.A. thesis can be published in a peer-reviewed journal. The student will coordinate the time with his/her Graduate Advisory Committee. The student's Master's Committee is responsible for evaluating the thesis and its defense. No thesis should go to defense unless it is ready for public scrutiny.

Program Contact Information:


Department Information:

Dept. of Chemistry
201Beury Hall

1901 N. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122


Department Contacts:


Graduate Secretary


Program Coordinator:

Dr. Scott Sieburth

Graduate Chairperson:

Dr. Scott Sieburth


Dr. Robert Levis


About the Program

The chemistry graduate program has been designed to provide a solid background in the chosen area of specialization. It emphasizes the acquisition of skills which will enable students to obtain further knowledge as required in their research and in their professional careers. For this reason the graduate degree programs are 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 in related areas, such as physics, biology and computer science, according to their research interests.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 3 years

Campus Location:

Main Campus

Students are required to complete the degree program through classes offered before and after 4:30 p.m. Students are able to complete the degree program on a part-time basis (8 credit hours or less per semester).

Department Information:

Dept. of Chemistry
201Beury Hall

1901 N. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122



Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Areas of Specialization:

The Department of Chemistry offers programs leading to the Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Physical Chemistry. Areas of specialization include medicinal, nanoscience, photonics, surface science, environmental chemistry , materials and polymers.

Job Placement:

The majority of students find employment in the chemical industry. A lesser fraction go on to academic positions or positions in government laboratories.


Not applicable.

Interdisciplinary Study:

A Chemical Physics program is offered jointly with the Physics Department.

Study Abroad:



Not applicable.

Non-Degree Student Policy:

Non-matriculated students are allowed to take up to 9 credit hours before admission into a degree program.

Financing Opportunities