Analytical Chemistry (M.S.)

Combine the knowledge of chemistry, instrumentation, computers, and statistics to solve chemistry's most difficult problems.

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Illinois Tech’s Master of Science in Analytical Chemistry is a non-thesis master’s degree designed for professionals working in chemical industry, education, or government. The curriculum provides a solid foundation in separation science, spectroscopy, physical characterization, and method development. Our degree also emphasizes communication, industrial leadership, statistics, and business principles, which are essential for a scientific career in the business world.

All classes may be completed online, offering the flexibility to complete the master’s degree while working full-time. As an option, a one-week practical laboratory class in Chicago with Lee Polite, founder and president of Axion Analytical Labs, is available.

Program Overview

The M.S. in analytical chemistry is a non-thesis degree designed for working professionals. This part-time, online program provides a foundation in separation science, spectroscopy, physical characterization, and method development. It also emphasizes communication, industrial leadership, statistics, and business principles.

Career Opportunities

Analytical chemists work in a variety of industries including pharmaceuticals, petroleum, government laboratories, food, agriculture, and consumer products.

  • Analytical chemist
  • Quality control chemist
  • Quality assurance chemist
  • Agricultural chemist
  • Soil and plant chemist
  • Analytical development scientist
  • Technologist

Applicants are evaluated on an individual basis, but you are expected to hold a bachelor's degree in science or engineering and to have completed two semesters of organic chemistry, one semester of analytical or quantitative chemistry, one semester of physical chemistry, and one semester of calculus. Strong preference is given if you have work experience in a chemistry-related field.

Academic transcripts, two letters of recommendation, an application fee, and a professional statement all must be submitted.

GRE scores are required for international students, domestic students with an undergraduate GPA between 2.5 and 3.0, or at the request of the admissions committee. The minimum GRE score for admissions consideration is 300 (quantitative + verbal), and 2.5 (analytical writing).

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