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Graduate Students

A Master of Science degree in Chemistry provides a comprehensive understanding of the principles of chemistry and their applications. This understanding will be developed through a combination of coursework, seminars, independent study and research. The Montclair State Graduate Program in Chemistry is designed with built-in flexibility to help every student meet their career objective.

A Master of Science degree can provide a number of advantages over a chemist with a Bachelor of Science degree:

  • The job entry level is higher.
  • The starting pay is higher.
  • There are more opportunities for advancement for those with greater knowledge and skills.
  • Advanced work helps develop greater self-confidence.
  • Research project and thesis that conveys your work and accomplishments.



Before meeting with your assigned advisor, if you have general inquiries, there is also advising available specifically for CSAM students. Visit the Academic Advising for CSAM Students page to learn more!

Graduate Advisor

Jim Dyer

Associate Professor

Richardson Hall, 347

Three Options for Admission to MS Programs

  1. BS/BA in Chemistry or Biochemistry (major GPA 3.0 or higher)
  2. BS/BA in closely related field (major GPA 3.0 or higher).  In this case, a student may be admitted conditionally and will be required to complete certain undergraduate courses to make up for deficiencies in the student’s preparation.
  3. Through the OPEN-NJ program, which provides limited scholarships to students with a BS/BA in Chemistry, Biochemistry or in a closely related field such as Molecular Biology, Biology, and Geoscience. Learn more information about the OPEN-NJ scholarship opportunity or contact Dr. Nina Goodey.


Amount: $10,000 per year for 2 or 3 years
Learn about application requirements and submitting your application
PharmFest Graduate Scholarship
Amount: $3000 per year for 2 years
Criteria: Awarded to a full-time graduate student based on merit in accordance with the admission requirements as outlined by the program.
The Margaret and Herman Sokol Graduate Summer Research Fellowship
Amount: $5,000
Application Deadline: Closed

  1. The Graduate Summer Research Fellowship is available to MA/MS students in CSAM who are completing their first year of a research-based thesis program.
  2. Students should submit a two-page research proposal, with summer goals/timeline. This proposal must include full contact information including phone numbers and e-mail addresses.
  3. Students should submit courses/grades from first year (unofficial transcript suffice plus predictions of grades in courses currently being taken can be appended as a separate list).
  4. Students should obtain and submit a letter of support from her or his faculty thesis advisor/mentor including a statement that research will take place with the mentor over this coming summer.
  5. Applications should be submitted directly to the Dean’s Office, CELS 206.
  6. The recipient and her/his mentor will be notified via e-mail. Please note that the mentor and the awardee(s) will be invited and recognized at the CSAM Awards and Recognition event sometime in May.
Mrs. Margaret Sokol has provided CSAM students with an opportunity to advance their education. The Margaret and Herman Sokol Graduate Summer Research Fellowship will provide a $5,000.00 stipend to a talented M.S. or M.A. graduate student to conduct research on their thesis at Montclair State during the summer.
Any CSAM science graduate student who has completed one year of graduate study, is working on a research thesis, and will return to Montclair State for the fall semester is eligible to apply.
The Margaret and Herman Sokol Graduate Fellowship in Science
Amount: $10,000
The Margaret and Herman Sokol Graduate Fellowship in Science is a ten thousand dollar ($10,000) award to a graduating natural science major from the College of Science and Mathematics (CSAM) at Montclair State University who will pursue formal, full-time graduate study leading to a doctoral (Ph.D.) degree at an accredited institution of higher learning. This award will be restricted to students in the disciplines of Biology, Molecular Biology, Geoscience, Physics, Chemistry and Biochemistry. Each year one graduating senior will be selected to receive one of these $10,000 Fellowships. Applications will be reviewed following the fall semester and announcement of the award will be made in the spring each year. The recipient of the award will be given a $5,000 stipend upon verification of enrollment for the first year of graduate study and the additional $5,000 when she/he verifies that approximately half of the graduate program has been completed. The second $5,000 portion will be placed in trust in an interest-bearing account. The recipient will receive both the principal and interest at the time of the second award. In the event that the Fellow does not continue in the graduate program, the second award will not be granted and the money will be returned to the fund at Montclair State University. Candidates for the award must have completed at least 60 semester hours at Montclair State University with at least 24 semester hours completed in their natural science major at Montclair State University by graduation. Candidates must submit formal application to the Department Chair on the form provided. Each department chair may nominate no more than one applicant in each discipline to the Dean, who will consult with the CSAM department chairs prior to making a determination of the award recipient.