Online Chemistry Degrees

Get the facts about program options in chemistry including options for working professionals. Learn about classes that you might take as well as whether time in laboratories is needed. Schools offering Science, Technology, and International Security degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Online Chemistry Degrees Can I Earn?

Universities and colleges offer online chemistry degrees customarily at the master's level. The degree may be a general Master of Science in Chemistry. In addition, an institution may offer a master's degree in a specialization, allowing interested students to increase their knowledge in a particular area. For example, a school may offer an online Master of Chemistry in Materials and Chemical Synthesis, or a Master of Analytical Chemistry.

Available Programs Master's degrees in general chemistry, as well as analytical chemistry and materials/chemical synthesis
Prerequisites Bachelor's degree is required; some institutions may require a minimum GPA and previously completed coursework
Common Courses Chemometrics, organic chemistry, chemistry research, statistical methods, sampling
Additional Requirements Programs may require completion of a final research project or thesis in order to graduate

What Requirements Must I Meet for Admission?

To be admitted to an online master's program in chemistry, you must have a bachelor's degree in an engineering or science discipline. Your GPA (grade point average) should ideally be between 3.0-4.0.

Completion of certain undergraduate-level courses might be expected. Courses may include calculus, organic chemistry, physical chemistry and analytic chemistry.

What Courses Might I Expect to Take?

Curricula vary depending on the program as well as specialization. An online chemistry master's is usually made up of between 30-32 credits. You should expect to take the majority of your courses at the graduate level. Distance learning courses may include:

  • Polymer chemistry
  • Advance organic chemistry
  • Sample preparation and sampling
  • Analytical chemistry statistical methods
  • Chemistry research
  • Chemometrics
  • Contemporary chemical topics

Do I Need to Complete Labs?

Whether or not you have to complete labs depends on the program, and the curricula of some programs do not include laboratory coursework. This might be the case if you're pursuing a non-thesis master's degree. If you're interested in a master's program that includes a final research project or thesis paper, programs are available that allow the company where you work to enter a partnership with the university. You then complete labs or research at your place of employment. Hybrid programs exist that include a mix of online and on-campus classes and labs.

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