Feb 26, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Chemical Sciences, M.S.


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Contact Information

Phone: (470) 578-6159
Email: MSCB@kennesaw.edu

Program Description

The Master of Science with a Major in Chemical Sciences (MSCB) is a thesis-based program with tracks in Chemistry and Biochemistry. The MSCB offers a flexible curriculum, individually tailored to the student’s background and research interests. The program is 33-credit-hours of coursework with research opportunities in all areas of chemistry and biochemistry, from synthetic organic chemistry to enzymology. The MSCB will prepare students to think in an interdisciplinary fashion about problems in chemistry, biochemistry and many other related areas of study. This program is designed to allow students to complete course work and thesis research within two academic years.

Successful candidates will have an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and will have completed requirements for the bachelor degree in a college accredited by a recognized regional accrediting association within the U.S., or in an equivalent institution outside the U.S. (accredited by a recognized accrediting agency). Adequately prepared applicants must demonstrate core competency as reflected by the record of undergraduate coursework in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics, with a degree focus in one of these areas. The core includes 8 semester hours of physics with labs, 16 hours of general and organic chemistry with labs, 8-9 hours of math including calculus, and 8-20 hours of upper level chemistry and/or biochemistry and/or biology.

Adequately prepared applicants must demonstrate core competency as reflected by the record of undergraduate coursework in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics, with a degree focus in one of these areas. An applicant who is deemed deficient in one or two courses by the Admissions Committee may be admitted into the program under the condition that the missing undergraduate courses be taken in addition to the graduate program requirements; these will not count toward the degree and are not eligible for the tuition waver.

Admission Criteria

The following are requirements beyond the general KSU Graduate Admissions  requirements: 

  • Online Graduate Application - There is a non-refundable $60 application fee.
    • This program reviews applications for Fall semesters only. The Fall 2018 application deadline is April 1, 2018.
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts from EACH College and/or University you have attended. Must be in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically from the institution directly to ksugrad@kennesaw.edu.
  • GRE Score Report - Request that your scores be sent electronically to KSU (school code 5359). No department code is necessary. Minimum score of at least 286 combined verbal and quantitative. 
  • Statement of Research Interests - Can be uploaded into the online application. Should strongly indicate research area of interest (to be done with faculty member) and background information that may be relevant to succeeding in the program. 
  • Two Letters of Recommendation - Can be sent electronically through the online application. Should be from persons familiar with the applicants potential to complete successful graduate work. 

Admissions Criteria for Unique Cases

Currently, there are no exceptions to the admission requirements.

Transfer Credit

No credit from outside institutions is accepted for this degree program.

Petition to Graduate

Each candidate must petition to graduate online. For more information, please view the corresponding section of Academic Policies 

Program of Study

Track and Individualized Course of Study Electives (15 Credit Hours)


Sequences of courses from should be taken that reflect and complement the student’s chemical interests and career goals. Up to 9 hours may be taken from another department with approval of the program director and department chair.

Program Total (33 Credit Hours)


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