Chemistry MS

About the Master's in Chemistry at Loyola

Enhance your scientific skills in areas such as research, data collection, and problem-solving so you can expand your professional opportunities in chemistry research and more careers through the Master of Science in Chemistry at Loyola University Chicago.

Through Loyola's program, you will experience the same academic rigor and access to state-of-the-art instrumentation as PhD students. You will also have opportunities to develop professional relationships and engage in leading-edge research.

When you master chemistry at Loyola University Chicago, you will be prepared for chemistry research jobs as well as other jobs in the field. You will also be equipped to go on to medical school or advanced chemistry or biochemistry programs.

Program Structure

The MS in Chemistry can be pursued full time or part time. Classes are held weekday evenings at Loyola's Lake Shore Campus, located on Chicago's North Side.

The course-based chemistry master's is a 30-credit-hour program with 10 graduate-level chemistry courses. The thesis-based MS in Chemistry requires you to complete 18 credit hours of courses and 12 credit hours of research.

Are you a current Loyola undergrad?

This program is eligible for an Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's degree. Earn a Master’s with only one extra year of study following the completion of your eligible undergraduate degree.


Why Choose Loyola for Your Master's in Chemistry?

At Loyola, you will learn in a unique atmosphere with cutting-edge instrumentation, accomplished faculty, and opportunities to collaborate with motivated researchers.

Flexible options for working adults

With full- and part-time options, Loyola's chemistry master's offers the flexibility working professionals need to complete their graduate studies. Classes are primarily in the early morning or late evenings. You can choose either a thesis- or a course-based chem master's.

Loyola's small class sizes allow you to have close contact with our expert chemistry faculty. You will find them to be expert teachers and researchers as well as mentors who will spend significant time to ensure your success in your studies and in your future.

Collaborate with faculty on leading-edge research ranging from surface chemistry of organic electronic materials to analysis of metals in retinas that cause cataracts. You can also pursue independent chemistry research in your specific areas of interest.

Learn about advances in the field through seminars and lectures led by respected academic and industrial scientists, such as the winners of the American Chemical Society Award in Pure Chemistry and the Eli Lilly Award in Biological Chemistry.

When you study chemistry in Chicago, you benefit from easy access to national lab facilities like Argonne National Laboratory's Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne's Advanced Photon Source, and Fermilab, a particle physics and accelerator lab.

The MS in Chemistry is aligned with Loyola's mission of cura personalis, a Latin phrase that means “care for the entire person.” You will see that demonstrated in many ways in our chemistry program, including highly motivated mentoring by your professors.

Chemistry Department

The Department of Chemistry features strong graduate programs leading to MS and PhD degrees in Analytical, Biological, Chemistry Education, Inorganic, Organic, and Physical chemistry. Find stories showcasing current students and graduates from the Chemistry MS program and learn more about why Loyola is right for you.

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Meet the Faculty

Loyola is proud to have talented and nationally-recognized scholar-teachers as part of our diverse community of exceptional faculty, students and staff. Loyola faculty are known for their commitment to teaching, the dissemination of knowledge through innovative and interdisciplinary scholarly research, and a commitment to social justice and cura personalis, or care for the whole person. Visit the department faculty and staff directory to learn more about the teachers and mentors involved with the Chemistry MS program.


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Curriculum and Program Outcomes

While courses for the Chemistry MS program may vary from semester to semester, Loyola’s extensive Academic Catalog will always house the official listing of courses, programs of study, academic policies, degree requirements, and specialization or concentration options.

Additionally, this resource will provide Chemistry MS learning outcomes, showcasing the commitment to specific skills and growth graduates can expect to achieve following completion of the program.

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Costs, Scholarships, and Aid

Loyola University Chicago is committed to making your graduate and professional studies a reality. Our Cost & Financial Aid page can help better inform you about the costs and potential funding opportunities through scholarships, loans, and aid for graduate and professional education.

If you are a current Loyola undergraduate or recent alum, you may be eligible for a Returning Rambler discount. Learn more and see if you qualify on our Returning Rambler Scholarship page.

Tuition and Costs

The estimated tuition and fees for the Chemistry MS totals $34950.00, or 30 credit hours at a cost of $1,165.00 per credit hour. Please note that tuition and fees for all of Loyola's academic programs are subject to change.

For more detailed information about tuition and fees, and a breakdown of how these costs are calculated on a yearly basis, please visit Tuition and Fees from the Office of the Bursar.

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Information about funding opportunities within The Graduate School can be found on The Graduate School website.

Paid Teaching Opportunities

Chemistry MS students are eligible to act as a paid Teaching Assistants (TAs) for laboratory sections.

Appointments and Events

Whether you’re just beginning your search, in the midst of the application process, or eager to explore our graduate and professional programs, our admissions staff is here to assist you every step of the way.

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The Graduate School offers graduate open houses, information sessions, individual appointments, open Zoom and text sessions, and a multitude of other ways to get to know us better.

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With our visit opportunities, you can tour our beautiful Chicago campuses and learn more about Loyola's ties to one of the most prestigious cities in the world.

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Application Process

Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the Chemistry MS are listed below. Please keep in mind that both the application and the required materials must be submitted by the specified deadline.

Merit award deadline: February 15
Final deadline: May 1

November 1

Please note that decisions are generally provided within 3 weeks of the complete application submission.

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Chemistry MS include:

  • Official Transcripts

  • 2 Letters of Recommendation

  • Resume/CV

  • Statement of Purpose

Statement of Purpose Details

Please write a brief statement describing your academic and research interests as well as your professional goals.

Official Documents

Official transcripts are those that are sent directly by the college/university to Loyola University Chicago. Transcripts sent by the student to Loyola are considered unofficial documents, and while they may be utilized for initial review of your application, official transcripts are still required. Official documents should be sent by the institution to

International Applicant Requirements

An official English language proficiency exam is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. If you have non-U.S. educational credentials, you are required to submit an official transcript evaluation. The transcript evaluation cannot be waived.

Please visit our International Applicant Requirements page for specific information regarding the application process for international students.

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