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Chemistry (M.S.)

The aim of this program is to develop chemists who are able to think creatively and critically by broadening and deepening their knowledge of state-of-the art techniques.

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The chemistry program at Illinois Tech prepares you for careers in academia, industry, and government. Our program spans the traditional areas of research in physical, polymer, organic, inorganic, analytical, and biological chemistry.

Chemistry faculty research programs cut across the traditional boundaries to solve real-world problems in catalysis, pharmaceuticals, therapeutics, materials, and sustainable energy. Research projects include the development of magnetic materials for biophysical applications; creation of nanoparticle-based reactive oxygen sensors and surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy tracking of nanoshells with Raman-active PEGs; design and synthesis of novel materials for application in chemical sensing, catalysis, energy storage, and biomedical usage; and the design and synthesis of structurally rigid artificial photosynthetic systems to mimic natural photosynthesis.

Program Overview

Chemistry faculty research programs cut across the traditional boundaries to solve real-world problems in catalysis, pharmaceuticals, therapeutics, materials, and sustainable energy. The aim of this program is to develop chemists who are able to think creatively and critically.

Career Opportunities

An advanced degree in chemistry opens career possibilities to higher-paying jobs.

  • Analytical chemist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Chemical engineer
  • Forensic scientist
  • Nanotechnologist

To apply for the degree program, you must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited educational institution, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. GRE scores must be submitted. Applicants with a GPA lower than 3.0 may be granted provisional admission.

Minimum GRE scores: 300 (quantitative + verbal), 2.5 (analytical writing)

Minimum TOEFL score: 80 -or- minimum IELTS score: 5.5, for international applicants