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The program is based on the conviction that the needs of students are best met in a program where much individual attention is possible. The course training is equivalent to the standards set for the PhD, regardless of whether the MS is to be terminal or preparatory to the PhD degree.
The department currently offers three graduate tracks:
- Thesis option: For student who would like to have more research experience. It requires lesser course work, more research, research thesis, and defense. It is ideal for students who would like to apply for jobs after graduation.
- Non-thesis option: For students who like to increase their knowledge base as well as to have exposure to research. It requires more course work and some research. It is ideal for students who would like to apply for PhD programs as well as jobs after graduation.
- Professional option: For students who would like to pursue a career in the business side of chemistry field. It requires both chemistry and business course work as well as an internship. Students in this option may also choose to perform research in addition to the internship.