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Master of Science in Applied Chemistry

Master of Science in Applied Chemistry

The degree of Master of Science in Applied Chemistry is awarded to candidates who successfully complete the academic courses and research thesis requirements of the program. The program is intended for candidates with a bachelor degree in chemistry or other related specialization. The program’s typical length is four semesters, with the first three semesters requiring the completion of a combination of course work and thesis work, and the final semester only requiring thesis work and writing. The program is designed to give candidates an opportunity to enhance their knowledge of chemistry and develop research expertise and skills in instrumentation and methodology that will prepare them for careers in applied chemistry or to pursue a doctorate degree. 

  1. Provide a pool of highly trained professionals who can utilize their acquired knowledge in applied chemistry and skills in instrumentation and methods to contribute to the technical and research expertise of their employer;
  2. Prepare graduates with outstanding educational skills and knowledge in applied chemistry and related areas to further their career aspirations;
  3. Prepare students with effective communication and teamwork skills in areas related to applied chemistry to function successfully in their careers;
  4. Provide students with sufficient expertise in applied chemistry to design and develop innovative solutions to complex scientific problems in the oil and gas industry;  
  5. Provide students with a quality education in applied chemistry in an academic environment committed to excellence and innovation that fosters leadership, professionalism and life-long learning and successful careers.

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Applied Chemistry, the graduates will:

  1. Be able to apply advanced concepts of fundamental and applied chemistry to the formulation and solution of complex problems in the oil and gas and related industries;
  2. Develop and publish results of their research (if satisfactory) in peer-reviewed journals;
  3. Have sufficient experience to successfully begin a PhD program in applied chemistry in a recognized university; and
  4. Be equipped with the knowledge and skills in applied chemistry to meet requirements of appropriate job opportunities at chemical companies.

In order to complete the requirements of the program, candidates must:

  1. Complete a minimum of 24 credit hours coursework including: 
    • 2 credit hours core (or compulsory) courses
    • 9 credit hours elective courses
    • 2  credit hours of Graduate Seminar, one in each semester
    • 1 credit hour of COMM 601 Technical and Scientific Writing
  2. Successfully complete and defend a research project thesis (12 credit hours)

 

Core courses and technical electives are listed in the table below. One elective course can be selected from other relevant graduate programs. Selection of elective courses should be made in consultation with the research supervisor and requires written approval from the Department Chair or designee.

Core (compulsory) courses

Credit hours

CHEM 625 Applied Organic Chemistry & Instrumental Analysis                               

3

CHEM 655 Petroleum Production & Process Chemistry                                            

3

CHEM 668 Corrosion Science & Advanced Physical Chemistry                               

3

CHEM 570 Polymers & Nanomaterials Chemistry                                                       

3

CHEM 695 Graduate Seminar I                                                                                         

1

CHEM 696 Graduate Seminar II                                                                                        

1

COMM 601 Technical and Scientific Writing

1

CHEM 699 Master of Science Thesis                                                                           

12

Technical electives (9 credits)                                                             

Credit Hours

CHEM 620 Computational Chemistry                                                                           

3

CHEM 623 Applied Inorganic Chemistry                                                                      

3

CHEM 630 Advanced Industrial Catalysis                                                                    

3

CHEM 640 Advanced Organometallics & Applications

3

CHEM 650 Spectrochemical Studies                                                                    

3

CHEM 660 Environmental Science & Water Technology

3

CHEM 665 Fuels & Alternative Energy Sources                                                          

3

CHEM 666 Construction Chemicals & Green Chemicals                                           

3

 

Study Plan

The following table illustrates a typical course enrollment plan that starts in the fall semester. 

Term

Courses

Fall Semester 1

CHEM 670 Polymers & Nanomaterials Chemistry                                                                                                          

CHEM 668 Corrosion Science & Advanced Physical Chemistry

CHEM 695 Graduate Seminar I

COMM 601 Technical and Scientific Writing

Elective Course 1

Spring Semester 1

CHEM 625 Applied Organic Chemistry & Instrumental Analysis

CHEM 695 Graduate Seminar II

CHEM 699 Master of Science Thesis

Elective Course 2

Fall Semester 2

CHEM 655 Petroleum Production & Process Chemistry 

CHEM 699 Master of Science Thesis

Elective Course 3

Spring Semester 2

CHEM 699 Master of Science Thesis

 

 

Master of Science Thesis

The MSc thesis work is a faculty-directed, independent study of a suitable applied problem, subject or research topic. The topic of research is to be selected in consultation with a student’s research advisor subject to approval by the student’s Graduate Advisory Committee. The designated research advisor provides guidance to the student in the execution of the thesis. A co-advisor may also be appointed, if needed.