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The Master of Science in chemistry will prepare you for multiple career paths. Master chemists are in demand for positions in chemical industry and government laboratories, and the degree provides solid preparation for those who continue to study at the doctoral level.

A broad range of skillsets

The Chemistry M.S. degree includes coursework, teaching, seminar and thesis components. Your coursework and research experiences will be led by internationally recognized faculty. Contribute to an original research project that leverages your knowledge and creativity. Teaching and seminar components will develop your communication and team-working skills needed to succeed in the workforce.

Degrees & Offerings

Chemistry (M.S.)

  Vermillion Main Campus

The Master of Science in Chemistry is available to students who possess a bachelor's degree in chemistry or related disciplines. Students typically complete the degree requirements in two years.

Accelerated Chemistry (B.S./M.S.)

Major + Master's
  Vermillion Main Campus

If you are a current USD undergraduate student who would like to begin a master's degree while completing your bachelor's degree, you may apply and begin the program after the completion of 90 undergraduate credit hours.

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Graduate Admissions

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Each program has unique application requirements and deadlines. Be sure and consult the graduate catalog for detailed program information. It will ensure your application and materials are complete and submitted on time. To learn more about the application process, visit how to apply.

Known for Excellence

With qualities like small class sizes, specialized programs and incredible student opportunities, USD is not your typical university. What makes us unique is what makes your education exceptional.
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Student Opportunities

The academic opportunities available to you extend beyond the classroom. Visit our department webpage for more information about the experiences and resources you can look forward to at USD.

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Departments & Facilities

Explore the departments, facilities and centers that contribute to your education in chemistry.
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USD Chemistry is a tight-knit community of scholars. Undergraduates, graduate students, post-docs, and faculty work together in the classroom and the laboratory to solve some of today's biggest challenges in health, energy and the environment.

Faculty & Staff

Get to know the faculty & staff in the Department of Chemistry. Our faculty are internationally recognized scholars and continually update and improve their knowledge and skills as chemists. We aim to develop relevant skills so that our graduates are highly marketable in the job force.
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James Hoefelmeyer

Chair, Chemistry
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Andrew Sykes

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MaryAnn Francis

Adjunct Instructor
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Bruce Gray

Research Associate III
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David Hawkinson

Associate Professor
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Maren Hansen

Adjunct Instructor
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Ruth Hessman

Senior Secretary
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Yifeng Huo

Post Doctoral Researcher
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CY Jiang

Professor/Grad Coord
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Pere Miro

Assistant Professor
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Siyu Mao

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Anjaneyulu Putta

NMR Specialist
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Anthony Solbach

Laboratory Storekeeper
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Haoran Sun

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Mike Slabaugh

Adjunct Instructor
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Bess Vlaisavljevich

Assistant Professor
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Joe Vitt

Associate Professor
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Zhenqiang Wang

Associate Professor
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Steven Wu

Assistant Professor
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Cutting-Edge Equipment and Facilities

Access state-of-the-art research equipment and work within newly renovated laboratory space. 
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Vibrant Research Community

A research-active department led by 13 faculty and home to more than 30 chemistry graduate students and postdocs, we are a vibrant scientific community made up of chemists from all over the world.

Surprisingly Affordable

Whether you’ve recently completed your undergraduate degree, or you want to kick your career up a notch, graduate school is the next logical step. The good news is there is funding for both online and on-campus students to get you through your program. 
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Tuition (9 cr.)
Fees (9 cr.)
Books (estimate)

More About Tuition & Fees

This is an estimate tuition rate* per credit hour and other factors such as special fees associated with your program may change the cost of tuition. Tuition rates are subject to change. 

If you are wondering about how to pay for graduate school, there are additional funding options to consider.

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