M.S. Programs in Chemistry

The Chemistry department Masters programs provide post-baccalaureate training in one or more of the primary subdisciplines of chemistry, including analytical, organic, inorganic, and physical. Training is in the form of advanced coursework, advanced techniques associated with a research project, and dissemination of ideas in both written and oral communications.

We offer M.S. degree concentrations in three areas:  Chemistry,  Biochemistry and Neuroscience, and Environmental Chemistry.

Our primary goal is that students will either be accepted into nationally accredited graduate or professional programs or will have secured professional employment that makes significant use of their degree. M.S. students write a research-based thesis, and results from student research will appear in peer-reviewed publications or form the basis for future publications. 

Our intended learning outcomes for students are:

  • Graduates attain a level of technical ability and knowledge to function as professionals in their discipline.
  • Communication/presentation skills are consistent with professional standards.   
  • Graduates obtain employment or continue education in the field following graduation.  
  • In addition to the above intended outcomes, M.S. graduates will have performed research using technical and problem solving skills to contribute to their field.

M.S.  students often are employed in chemistry or chemistry-related careers, or continue their education at the Ph.D. level or in professional schools (e.g. Medical, Law, Business, etc. schools).

All faculty members in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry can mentor M.S. students in this program.  See individual faculty pages for their research specializations and opportunities that may exist in their groups.  See our "Apply to Graduate Programs" page and study Chemistry at UAF.  Current students should see our "For Current Students" page for information on how to progress towards their degree.

Graduate Program Coordinators

William Howard 907-474-6019 (wahoward@alaska.edu) for Chemistry
Kelly Drew 907-474-7190 (kldrew@alaska.edu) for Biochemistry and Neuroscience
William Simpson 907-474-7235 (wrsimpson@alaska.edu) for Environmental Chemistry
Tom Trainor 907-474-5628 (tptrainor@alaska.edu) for Environmental Chemistry