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    Jun 21, 2024  
American University Catalog 2020-2021 
American University Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry (MS)

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Admission to the Program

Applicants must have earned a degree equivalent to fulfilling the requirements for a Chemistry (BS)  or Biochemistry (BS)  with a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA from a college accredited by the American Chemical Society or equivalent. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required. All applications must be approved by the faculty of the Department of Chemistry .

Students who wish to complete the Clinical Biochemistry track and do not have the appropriate background will be expected to take Biochemistry I  and Biochemistry II  as prerequisite work.

Degree Requirements

  • 30 credit hours of approved graduate work
    • The entire course of study must constitute a unified program. Each student must have a proposed curriculum approved by the department’s academic advisor and the department chair within one semester after entering the program.
  • Capstone Experience: Complete one of the following:
  • A thesis of publishable quality based on original chemical laboratory research must be presented at a public seminar and defended before the student’s committee immediately thereafter. A research proposal must be accepted by the student’s thesis committee at least one semester prior to the oral defense of the thesis.
  • Specializations: Applied Chemistry, Clinical Biochemistry

Course Requirements

Specialization (12 credit hours)

Complete 12 credit hours from one of the following:

Capstone (6 credit hours)

Complete one of the following:



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