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Chemistry (Combined BS/MS)

This 5-year degree program combines our BS and MS in Chemistry programs. A minimum of 138 credits of coursework is required for the combined BS/MS degree; 112 credits from the undergraduate program and 26 credits from the graduate program. Students should have taken at least three 300 level chemistry courses, including CHEM 341 at Montclair State University. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required. Students who have completed a BS in Chemistry are not eligible for this program. Students who complete the program will be awarded both degrees at the end of five years. The undergraduate component includes all requirements for certification of the BS degree by the American Chemical Society Committee on Professional Training. The BS/MS program has more chemistry, mathematics and research requirements than the BS and MS degrees separately. If pursued independently, these two degrees would require a total of 152 credits and would take six years to complete.

Application Requirements

If you are a prospective Freshman or Transfer applicant, learn more about admission criteria here.

Students with a GPA of 3.2 or above
  • Application Deadline: Rolling admission
  • Students will be sent an expedited application from The Graduate School to complete
Students with a GPA between 3.2 - 3.0
  • Application Deadline: Rolling admission
  • Transcript: MSU transcript will be uploaded by The Graduate School
  • Letters of Recommendation: Two (2) letters of recommendation, from persons qualified to evaluate the applicant’s promise of academic achievement and potential for professional growth.
  • Resume: A current resume is not required, but applicants are encouraged to include one.
  • Statement of Purpose – Please write an integrated essay providing a response to each of the following questions:
    • What are your goals for graduate study and your future career?
    • In what ways do your academic background and your professional experiences provide evidence of your potential for success in the program you selected and in your eventual career? Please give specific examples of relevant coursework and/or experience.
    • Is there any further information we should consider in assessing your candidacy?
Students with a GPA below 3.0

Students with a GPA below a 3.0 are not eligible for admission to a Combined Program, and will need to submit a traditional application to their graduate program of interest. Prior to applying, please speak with your program advisor for more details.


If you have inquiries regarding your program of interest, please contact:

Program Coordinator: Dr. Jim Dyer
Office: Richardson Hall 347
Telephone: 973-655-7165

*During the summer months, there will be a rotating department chair available to answer your inquiry. Find the updated summer chair for this program.*

If you have questions regarding the application process and requirements, please email or call us:

Incoming Freshmen and Transfers:

Undergraduate Admissions
Telephone: (973) 655-4444
Fax: (973) 655-7700

Current Montclair State Undergraduates:

The Graduate School
Telephone: (973) 655-5147
Fax: (973) 655-7869