Analytical Chemistry (M.S.)

Frequently Asked Questions for Analytical Chemistry

1. Can I take all of the Master of Science in Analytical Chemistry courses online?
Yes, you can take all of the required courses online.
2. What about lab courses?
This program is designed for students with substantial laboratory experience; thus, lab courses are not required. However, students have the option to take CHEM 700, a one-week intensive lab course.
3. Do I ever need to come to campus?
Yes, in order to earn your degree, you need to come to campus for one day, for the final oral exam.
4. What are the requirements to earn the Master of Science in Analytical Chemistry degree?
To earn the M.S. in Analytical Chemistry degree, you must complete a minimum of 32 credit hours from the list of approved courses while maintaining a minimum grade point average of 3.0/4.0 (B average). No courses with a failing grade (E) will be counted towards the degree. You are also required to pass the final oral exam.
5. What type of student enrolls in this program?
The program is designed for chemists working in industry, government and military labs, and for secondary education teachers and chemists working in institutions of higher learning.
6. When can I start?
If you meet the prerequisites, you may begin your graduate studies in the fall, spring, or summer semester.
7. How long will it take?
If you are enrolled part-time, you can generally finish the program in 2.5 to three years.
8. How is the examination process and homework handled?
With the help of the Office of Digital Learning, you will select a testing site and proctor who will administer exams (when necessary). Homework is generally assigned within the lectures or on a course website. Homework is submitted by email, fax, or by uploading to Blackboard, an online teaching aid.
9. How many courses am I expected to take in a semester?
The part-time program is designed for you to take a maximum of two courses per semester.
10. Is an analytical chemistry curriculum available for full-time students?
No, the program is designed specifically for part-time students.
11. If I start out in an Illinois Tech chemistry certificate program, can I transfer to the Master of Science in Analytical Chemistry Program?
Yes, you will have to apply to Illinois Tech’s Master of Science in Analytical Chemistry program to be considered for admission. If admitted, you will be allowed to transfer approved courses in which you have earned a B grade or higher to the master's degree program.
12. Where can I find additional information about Illinois Tech's policies and procedures?
▸  Information for current graduate students can be found on the Office of Graduate Academic Affairs website.
▸ Information for applicants can be found on the Office of Graduate Admission website.
▸  Inquiries about online course access can be found on the Office of Digital Learning website.
▸  For course descriptions, see the Graduate Bulletin.
▸  For a student ID card, contact: Access, Card, and Parking Services at 312.567.8968
14. What is the (total) cost of the program?