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The College of St. Scholastica

Students develop the ability to integrate advanced chemistry knowledge and critical-thinking skills to approach scientific problems grounded in chemistry effectively. Graduates can use their MS to teach high school, community college and at 4-year colleges and universities.

Chemistry was one of the College’s original majors, established in 1924. Professors Dr. Agatha Riehl, OSB and Sister Petra Lenta, OSB were pioneers in the cancer biology field in the 1950s. We are proud to carry on the vibrant chemistry intellectual tradition with this master’s program and our faculty are dedicated to the education and career preparation of their students.

Fast Facts

  • 100% online, six starts per year
  • Accelerated eight-week terms; complete in less than two years
  • Designed for industry professionals and educators
  • Courses taught by experienced faculty with advanced degrees
  • 30 total program credits; ten elective options
  • Elective courses range from analytical electrochemistry to organic synthesis
  • No thesis or GRE required

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Degree Details


Tuition: $650/credit*

* Tuition rates are for the 2023-24 academic year. Additional fees and costs for course materials may apply. Total program cost and completion time varies depending on transfer credits and individual program plans. Tuition rates are subject to change.

Program Overview

The curriculum is designed to prepare graduates for successful careers in industry or chemistry education. It is anchored by four core courses covering fundamental chemistry concepts in thermodynamics, bonding, effective scientific communication and spectroscopy. These core courses are supplemented by 10 elective courses spanning all sub-disciplines of chemistry, including chemistry education.

Program Strengths and Outcomes

  • Students will be able to articulate an understanding of complex concepts in several chemistry sub-disciplines, such as biochemistry, chemical education, analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry
  • Critically read and evaluate scientific literature to develop critical assessment of scientific ideas
  • Effectively communicate complex scientific concepts, consequences and the rationale underpinning conclusions, to specialist and non-specialist audiences clearly and unambiguously
  • Examine scientific ethical issues to properly identify ethical responsibility in science-related professions
  • Integrate advanced knowledge and critical thinking skills to evaluate scientific problems to gain new scientific insight

Advantages of an MS in Chemistry

  • Career advancement for industry professionals and educators
  • Compensation increases across career fields


Visit our Catalog to view the program, course and degree requirements. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.

Career Outlook

Opportunities for those holding an MS in Chemistry exist in both the industrial and academic job markets. As reported by the American Chemical Society’s ChemCensus Survey (2015), chemists holding master’s degrees have steadily comprised about 20% of the industrial workforce since 1985. In addition, industrial chemists with advanced degrees (master’s vs. bachelor’s) also report a wider variety of potential career opportunities, such as applied research and development and management positions.

An MS in Chemistry will advance secondary education instructors interested in teaching concurrent enrollment classes or making salary scale lane changes. Based on the Higher Learning Commission guidelines for academic college program accreditation, all instructors teaching concurrent enrollment / bachelor’s level classes must possess either:

  • a master’s degree in their content area
  • a master’s degree in any area but have taken at least 18 credits of discipline-specific coursework

Other potential career opportunities:

  • Forensic Science Technicians
  • Environmental Scientists and Specialists
  • Laboratory Managers
  • Increased preparation for pursuing a PhD degree in chemistry or a closely-related science

Admission Information

Visit our admissions page for information about transcripts, online application, international admissions and financing.

Application Deadlines

Applications accepted on a rolling basis, 6-starts per year.


New Students
  • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry or related field
  • A transcript evaluation will be required if related field
  • Letter of recommendation from a science-related mentor
  • 1-page personal statement describing the candidate’s interest in the field
  • Official undergraduate transcript from all institutions

Required prerequisites: 2 semesters of organic chemistry, 2 semesters of physics, 2 semesters of calculus

A science GPA of 2.8 is strongly suggested.

Note: Meeting minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission.
Returning Students

A returning student is a student who was admitted and enrolled in a program at St. Scholastica but has been absent from the program for at least three continuous semesters, including summer. To return to the same program at St. Scholastica, a returning student must be in good academic standing and must apply for readmission to the College.

Meet Our Faculty

Experienced, Dedicated and Distinguished Educators

Expect to be heard, to be challenged and to be involved. St. Scholastica faculty are world-class scholars and experts in their field who invest in your success. Our values of community, respect, stewardship, hospitality and love of learning reflect our faculty’s commitment to lifting up others and celebrating our common humanity.