Chemistry, Biochemistry Concentration (MS) – STEM Designated Degree Program
Chemistry and biochemistry form the core of the physical and life sciences. 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 course work, seminars, independent study and research. The Montclair State Graduate Program in Chemistry is designed with built-in flexibility to help students meet their career objectives. The courses offered include advanced courses in all major areas of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and include a number of highly specialized instrumentation courses as well as individual research opportunities. Laboratories are housed in both Richardson Hall and Science Hall.
The Biochemistry concentration provides a flexible program of study for those students who wish to emphasize Biochemistry and related areas in their Master’s degree. Those working in research in the pharmaceutical industry or interested in doing so, and individuals interested in pursuing an M.D. or a Ph.D. in Biochemistry or a related area would benefit from this program. It is most suited to students with an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry but is also suitable for students with a major in Chemistry who wants to broaden their knowledge in Biochemistry.
Along with the Chemistry, Biochemistry Concentration degree, the department also offers the following options for graduate study: Chemistry, Chemistry (Combined BS/MS), Chemistry (Combined BS/MAT) and Pharmaceutical Biochemistry.
Please refer to our programs of study page for a comprehensive list of all of the graduate programs offered within the university.
When a student has been admitted, the Graduate Program Coordinator for Chemistry and Biochemistry will evaluate the background in chemistry, biochemistry, other sciences and mathematics, and a specific program will be designed. An entering student should present at least 24 credits of undergraduate chemistry credits.
The Graduate School requires the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree in order to be eligible to apply for a graduate program. Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the International Applicants page to review the U.S. degree equivalency information.
In order to make applying for graduate school as seamless as possible for you, we have
created an application checklist. This checklist can be a reference point for you during the
application process to ensure that you have a comprehensive understanding of the steps
needed to apply, as well as all corresponding supplemental materials for your specific
program of interest.
- Application Deadline: Rolling Admission.
- Submit Online Application: Please create your online account and submit your application by following the general application instructions and pay (or waive) the non-refundable $60 application fee. Once this step has been completed, the online portal will allow you to upload your supplemental materials.
The following is a list of the supplemental materials that will accompany your application for the Chemistry, Biochemistry Concentration (MS) program:
- Transcript: One from each college attended.
- Essays/Personal Statement: 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?
- Letters of Recommendation: Two.
- Standardized Test Scores: GRE (see test waiver policies).
- Students holding degrees from non-US institutions must request a course-by-course transcript evaluation from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or by Educated Choices. TOEFL (Test of English as a foreign language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or Duolingo English Test are required for applicants to any program who earned their degree in a country where English is not the official language. Please check our International Applicants page for more information and for our current TOEFL/IELTS Waiver Policy.
This is a 32-credit program.
For more information, please visit the Chemistry, Biochemistry Concentration (MS) program listing in the University Catalog.
If you have any general questions regarding the application process and requirements, please email or call us:
The Graduate School
If you have specific inquiries regarding your program of interest, please contact the Chemistry, Biochemistry Concentration (MS) Program Coordinator:
*During the summer months, there will be a rotating department chair available to answer your inquiry. Find the updated summer chair for this program.*