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Chemistry: Master of Arts (MA)
The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry offers programs leading to the degree of Master of Arts with concentrated study in chemistry or biochemistry. These programs include course and standard laboratory work designed to prepare the student for employment in the chemical industry, government, or teaching, or for continuation of study for an advanced degree. The department is an active component of the doctoral programs in chemistry and biochemistry of the CUNY Graduate Center.

Each student is strongly encouraged to participate in the extensive research programs of the department, which in recent years have been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Research Corporation, Pfeiffer Research Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the Department of Defense.  Participation in research is one of the best ways for the student to gain an appreciation for the daily activities of a working chemist.  The research interests of the faculty are described on the department’s website.

Requirements for Matriculation

These requirements are in addition to the general requirements for matriculation.​
1. Undergraduate credits in chemistry should include one full year each of general, organic, and physical chemistry, and one-half year of quantitative analysis. Mathematics through integral calculus and one year of physics are required. Students planning to concentrate in biochemistry should have completed at least one year of biology and one semester of biochemistry (lecture and laboratory). Deficiencies may be removed by coursework or individual study.
2. Three written recommendations from undergraduate chemistry instructors are required (preferably from instructors who have taught the applicant during the junior or senior year).
3. An interview with a member of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Graduate Committee may be requested. The committee decides on deficiencies, conditions, exceptions, and special permissions.



Requirements for Non-Matriculation

Students are to follow the college’s requirements for non-matriculation​.​​​​​


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Fall Deadline April 1
Fall Extended DeadlineN/A
Spring DeadlineNovember 1
Spring Extended DeadlineN/A

Letters of Reference3
Essay  500 Words

Accepts Non-MatricYes

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