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Master of Science

About the Program

Activate your career in chemistry, chemical management or a variety of affiliated fields with a Master of Science in Chemistry from Case Western Reserve University. At one of the nation’s top research universities, you’ll gain experience in the classroom as well as through hands-on research and internship opportunities at renowned companies in Cleveland—providing you with the formula you need to land a rewarding job right after graduation or to continue on toward your PhD

What to Expect

Our program offers you flexibility in your education. You can choose to study full or part time to fit your schedule. Plus, you’ll have the option to take a 30-credit-hour, coursework-based track—selecting from a wide variety of specialties such as biochemistry, electrochemistry, solar energy and more—or explore those concepts through research with the thesis track.

Students looking to tap into their enterprising side can explore the Chemistry Entrepreneurship Program (CEP), a two-year track. You can expect the same rigorous coursework as your classmates but with a mentor from the department to connect you to the world of entrepreneurship, where you’ll network with business leaders, meet with intellectual property experts and pitch venture capitalists.

Through your classes, you’ll gain a solid understanding of topics such as inorganic chemistry, medicinal chemistry and drug development, computational chemistry, and modern chemistry for innovation. You’ll also have the chance to participate in a weekly seminar—Frontiers in Chemistry—in which experts in the field discuss their research. 

You can also expand further with electives in other disciplines, additional graduate courses or advanced undergraduate classes.

Among our alumni and former faculty, Case Western Reserve counts 16 Nobel laureates—including chemistry alumnus George Olah, who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1994 for his research on carbocations.

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Beyond the Classroom

Case Western Reserve is the No. 18 university in the world for contributions to innovation*, so your research opportunities here will go beyond what most can offer. We have 10 research centers housed within or affiliated with the department as well as a dedicated chemistry librarian. 

You can become a chemistry LEAD scholar to strengthen your skills outside of the classroom, too. One-on-one mentoring and cohort meetings instill leadership abilities that last a lifetime. And upon graduation, you join a well-connected and highly influential group of LEAD alumni, gaining the opportunity to coach future scholars.

*Nature Index Innovation

By the Numbers


Master of Science in Chemistry program by SR Education Group


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Nobel laureates from CWRU


university in the country, U.S. News & World Report


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Admission Details

Our program thrives when we have students with diverse perspectives and a range of educational, professional and life experiences. We look forward to learning more about you!

  • The application process requires:
  • Online application, including a personal statement
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution (either already complete, or will be complete before you enroll)
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Current resume/CV
  • Test scores for GRE (optional)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • International applicants: Results of TOEFL, IELTS or PTE (find score requirements and other details on the School of Graduate Studies website)
  • Interview prior to admission

Contact Us

Anna Samia
Anna Cristina S. Samia, Ph.D.
Associate Chair, Department of Chemistry
LEAD Scholars Program Director
M.S. in Chemistry Program Faculty Advisor
Director of the Women in Chemistry @ CWRU Program
College of Arts & Sciences

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