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The College of St. Scholastica

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. Today, we continue this tradition with our MS in Chemistry program, where our dedicated faculty will prepare you with the knowledge and skills necessary for success in academia and beyond.

Unlock your potential in the dynamic world of chemistry. Explore advanced chemistry concepts and sharpen your critical-thinking skills to effectively approach scientific problems grounded in chemistry. Our program will equip you with the expertise to advance your career or teach in various educational settings, from high schools to colleges and universities. Join us and become part of our proud scientific innovation and academic excellence history.

Fast Facts

  • 100% asynchronous 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: $670/credit*

* Tuition rates are for the 2024-25 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. View 2023-24 rates


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 are 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.