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Master of Arts in Chemistry/ Biochemistry

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers programs leading to the degree of Master of Arts with concentration in chemistry or biochemistry. These programs include course and laboratory work designed to prepare the student for employment in the chemical industry, government laboratories or agencies, teaching or continuation of graduate studies (e.g. the Ph.D. degree).

The full time student will usually complete the 30 credit course of study in 2 years.

Since research is part of the program of study for both concentrations, check the departmental web page for the research interests of the faculty.


1. Undergraduate studies should include: 1 full year (2 semesters) of general, organic and physical chemistry and 1/2 year of analytical chemistry (all with laboratory components). Mathematics through integral calculus and 1 year of physics. Students planning to concentrate in biochemistry should have completed at least 1 year of biology (with lab) and 1 semester of biochemistry lecture. Deficiencies may be removed by course work or individual study.

2. Three written letters of recommendation from chemistry/biochemistry professionals (undergraduate instructors/supervisors at place of employment, etc.)

3. An interview with a representative of the Graduate Committee may be required.

4. Graduate Record Examination

5. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores of 500 or better for non-native English speakers.

For further information on general requirements for admission to Master's Degree Programs at Queens College go to the Office of Graduate Studies webpage.

 Office Information

Chair: Wilma Saffran
Dept. Office: Remsen 206
Phone: 718-997-4100, 4482 or 4191

General inquiries:
Ms. Linda Didomenick

PhD program in chemistry:

DECLARE A MAJOR: Click here for link. Fill the online form and bring it to dept. 
Undergraduate Program Advisors:
Profs. Cherice Evans, Gopal Subramaniam
Masters Program Advisors:
Profs. Arthur Baker, Wilma Saffran
Note: For transcript evaluation, major/minor advisement, please drop-off forms at the chem office. Set up appointment using the link above for program advisement.


 Master's Degree Advisors


Chemistry: Prof. David Baker
(718) 997-4219
Remsen Hall (RE) 117F

Biochemistry: Prof. Wilma Saffran
(718) 997-4195
Remsen Hall (RE) 316B


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