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On Campus
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2-3 years
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Seize your opportunity to change the world and explore new frontiers in chemistry with innovative ideas and daring research.
Cutting-edge research and innovative coursework make UNT an ideal place to pursue a Master of Science degree in Chemistry. From designing new optoelectronic or pharmaceutical materials to reducing toxic emissions and the invention of new clean fuels, our combination of internationally recognized faculty members and state-of-the-art facilities has provided alumni with the tools needed to thrive and succeed in the job market.

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Why Earn a Chemistry Master's?

UNT's Master of Science in Chemistry offers concentrations in analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, as well as industrial chemistry and chemistry education.

New frontiers in chemistry often incorporate two or more traditional areas, and your advisors can help you design unique interdisciplinary study opportunities. A wide variety of research programs are available, including:

  • Chemical biology
  • Chemistry education research
  • Computational chemistry
  • Forensic chemistry
  • Homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Materials chemistry
  • Medicinal/pharmaceutical chemistry
  • Molecular dynamics and kinetics
  • Organic and inorganic synthesis

Research laboratories are housed in the Chemistry Building and the Science Research Building with access to university-wide shared facilities, including those at Discovery Park. Our department possesses a large and well-maintained suite of equipment and instruments for research.

The department also houses the Center for Advanced Scientific Computing and Modeling (CASCaM), one of the nation’s foremost computational chemistry programs. CASCaM maintains a state-of-the-art high-performance computing facility available for extensive quantum chemistry and molecular modeling applications by both computational and experimental research groups in chemistry. The department also maintains:

  • The Computational Chemistry Instructional Laboratory, which supports training and education of students in computational research and data analysis methods
  • An extensive suite of modern instruments, including 500 and 400 MHz Varian NMR spectrometers with capability for multiple nuclei and solid samples; a Rigaku XtaLAB Synergy-S dual-source single crystal X-ray diffractometer; a Rigaku SmartLab powder X-ray diffractometer; and mass spectrometers with MALDI, ESI and APCI capabilities
  • A Stockroom providing a comprehensive inventory of chemicals and laboratory supplies
  • A shared instrument lab with forensic chemistry instrumentation suitable for processing crime scene evidence and identifying trace evidence
  • A master glassblower who repairs and fabricates specialized glassware for research
Marketable Skills
  • Operation of modern analytical instrumentation
  • Data analysis
  • Undergraduate lab instruction skills
  • Independent research ability
  • Professional soft skills

Chemistry Master's Highlights

The Department of Chemistry offers diverse opportunities for graduate students interested in cutting-edge technology and research. We allow students to pursue their scientific creativity with guidance from leading chemistry faculty.
Interdisciplinary studies are encouraged within Chemistry and other science departments. Notable areas of strength include computational chemistry, materials chemistry, chemical biology, and chemistry education research.
You may apply for teaching or research assistantships and research fellowships through the department. Teaching or research assistants receive a monthly stipend and tuition coverage.
UNT is ranked as a Tier One Research University by the Carnegie Classification system, is one of the five largest university in Texas, and is the most comprehensive in the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) area.

Career Outlook

Earning an advanced degree in chemistry prepares you to be a leader in the scientific and technological advances that will bring us a better future. M.S. and Ph.D. graduates are valued for their knowledge of advanced subject material and, especially, for their research skills and experience.

Recent alumni of UNT's chemistry graduate program have received positions at world-class companies and institutions, including:

  • Intel
  • Honeywell
  • Savannah River National Laboratory
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Lockheed-Martin
  • AMPAC Fine Chemicals

Chemistry Master's Courses You Could Take

Survey of Modern Analytical Chemistry (3 hrs)
Survey of modern analytical methods with emphasis on instrumental techniques and data handling, including separation methods, electrochemical methods and spectroscopy.
Inorganic Chemistry (3 hrs)
Survey of inorganic chemistry involving a systematic study of atomic structure, structure and bonding in inorganic and organometallic compounds, and representative inorganic reactions.
Kinetics of Chemical Reactions (3 hrs)
Reactions and reaction rates; determination of rate laws for simple and complex reactions; deduction of reaction mechanisms; reaction energetics; chain reactions; theories of elementary reaction rates; reactions at extreme rates; extra-kinetic probes of mechanism.
Physical Organic Chemistry (3 hrs)
Mechanisms of organic reactions and the effect of reactant structures on reactivity.
Physical Chemistry (3 hrs)
Survey of selected topics in physical chemistry, including thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, heterogeneous and homogeneous equilibria, and chemical kinetics.

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