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Chemistry/Biochemistry (MS)

Our graduate program provides individualized attention and unique research opportunities for students. Classes are typically small, affording superb 
opportunities for interaction with the faculty and access to state-of-the art equipment and computational resources.

Students gain broad knowledge of the field and UMass Dartmouth has particular expertise in biotechnology and environmental chemistry. You may choose to specialize in:

  • analytical chemistry
  • biochemistry
  • computational chemistry
  • inorganic chemistry
  • marine chemistry
  • organic chemistry
  • physical chemistry
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We award a limited number of graduate assistantships and tuition credit to qualified graduate students each year. This award is subject to the work needs of the position and department, your satisfactory performance of duties, your academic record, and availability of funds, and may be subject to change. 

Cranberry Lab with Catherine Neto

Areas of research

bioanalytical chemistry
bio-organic chemistry
protein biochemistry
bioactive natural products
medicinal chemistry
computer modeling of biological molecules
analytical chemistry
marine chemistry
natural products and phytochemistry
energy and materials
organometallic chemistry
x-ray crystallography/structural analysis

You have three tracks to pursue your Master’s degree. You must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours, with a minimum grade point average of 3.00.

  • The Research Thesis option is designed for full-time students who wish to continue their PhD graduate education, or who want to pursue an R&D or secondary education career. Graduate assistantships are available for students in this track. The thesis program requires at least 18 credits of formal lecture or lecture/laboratory courses, with the remaining 12 credits dedicated to research leading to a written thesis. Students also must register for a graduate seminar each semester they are in residence, and present a seminar to the department each year. At the end of the student’s studies, the thesis is defended in an oral examination.
  • The Research Project  is a non-thesis option intended primarily for working students pursuing the master’s degree part time. Students complete at least 30 credits of formal course work and a short project (5 hours) in the laboratory. A graduate seminar is required. These students are not eligible for assistantships.
  • Library Research Project is a non-thesis option intended primarily for working students pursuing the master’s degree part time. Students complete at least 30 hours of formal course work and a short project (5 hours) in the library. A graduate seminar is required. These students are not eligible for assistantships.

UMassD technology resources

  • Bruker AVANCE III 400 MHz NMR spectrometer
  • Bruker D8 Quest x-ray diffractometer
  • Waters XevoQ-TOF UPLC-MS system
  • Thermofisher FOCUS/ITQ-700 GC-MS
  • a wide range of chemical instrumentation
  • access to UMass Dartmouth Confocal Microscope facility
  • access to UMass Dartmouth Scientific Computing Cluster

Apply and submit all required application materials to the Office of Graduate Studies.

Required materials
• Statement of purpose: 300 - 600 words. Indicate your graduate study objectives, research interests and experience, and business or industry experience if applicable. If you are applying for a teaching or research assistantship, include any special skills or experience that would assist in assistantship decisions.
• Official transcripts: from all post-secondary institutions attended (regardless if a credential is earned or not). Transcripts should show class rank if available.
• Official GRE score: sent directly from ETS; copies/scans not accepted. 
• 3 letters of recommendation
• Resume.

International students: official TOEFL or IELTS scores sent directly from ETS or testing agency; copies/scans not accepted). Required of any applicant who did not earn a bachelor’s degree or higher degree from an accredited academic institution in the U.S. or accepted English-speaking country. Scores on the TOEFL should be 550 minimum for admission and 600 minimum to be eligible for a teaching assistantship (213/250 for TOEFL computer based scores). Scores on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) should be 6.5 minimum for admission and 7.0 minimum to be eligible for a teaching assistantship.

Contact

Yuegang Zuo

Chancellor Professor
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Science & Engineering 325A

508-999-8959
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