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The master of science degree program in chemistry focuses on developing the skills necessary for students to conduct specialized laboratory research in preparation for careers in highly-competitive chemical and biological industries. An MS in chemistry prepares students for careers in various areas of research, development, education, and administration, or for further study at the doctoral level. Graduate students can focus on courses in analytical and inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, or organic chemistry.
Approved by the American Chemical Society, the Department of Chemistry highly encourages student research. Many graduate students are supported by teaching assistantships or stipends from research grants. Assistance from experienced mentors in writing grant proposals is emphasized within the department.
Faculty research interests include analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, biotechnology, environmental forensic chemistry, and a strong and growing program in green chemistry.
AU’s Washington, D.C. location and well-connected faculty give students opportunities to do graduate research in cooperative programs with a variety of top ranked government laboratories, such as the National Institute of Science and Technology, National Institutes of Health, Food and Drug Administration, and the Naval Research Lab.