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Master of Arts in Chemistry

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The master of arts and master of science programs in chemistry provide advanced preparation for careers in government or industrial research or for doctoral study.   The programs curricula are a blend of traditional and non-traditional, innovative courses that reflect the needs of modern chemistry.  The UALR Department of Chemistry offers top-notch research-quality instrumentation and computer facilities, as well as individual attention to each student and a high quality of instruction. 

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the chemistry programs must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.7 (4.0 scale), or 3.0 in the last 60 hours.  Entering students will be counseled and placed in appropriate courses based on their performance on placement tests in the four sub disciplines of chemistry.

Program Requirements

Both chemistry degrees require at least 30 graduate chemistry hours, including at least three of four core courses (CHEM 7311 Analytical, CHEM 7340 Inorganic, CHEM 7350 Organic, CHEM 7370 Physical) as determined by the department’s graduate programs committee. 

The MS degree requires 8100-8400 Thesis Research and 7190 Graduate Seminar.  The student selects a thesis advisor and a specific thesis research project, then researches, writes, and orally defends a thesis (11 credit hours).  For the MA, 12 approved course hours replace the thesis and seminar hours. 

No foreign language is required.  The remaining hours are elective and might include:

  • graduate chemistry courses of specific interest to the student;
  • up to three graduate chemistry hours transferred from another school;
  • up to three approved graduate hours from another UALR department; or
  • up to six 5000-level hours.

Graduation Requirements

  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on an approved program of study as outlined above.
  • Successful completion of written and oral defense (MS only).
Updated 3.14.2007