Chemistry Masters Degree

Research opportunities in this degree include biomedical (focused on cancer drugs) and wastewater treatment.

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Cutting Edge Research

Research in wastewater treatment and biomedical cancer drug areas provides opportunities to find real-life solutions.

Modern Scientific Instruments

State-of-the-art instruments allow you to get hands-on experience in your research efforts.

Affordable Cost

Lower tuition rates allow you to research and learn without the cumbersome debt you would otherwise incur.

ENMU’s affordable, collaborative, master’s in chemistry provides opportunities for cutting-edge and convergent research using well-equipped, modern scientific instruments.

Wastewater Research

  • Only site in New Mexico that has an abundance of opportunities to research algal wastewater treatment with dairy's as Portales is home to one of the largest dairy regions in our state
  • Research for algal wastewater and organic solar cell research is done in conjunction with Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Research alongside one of the premier experts in the field of wastewater treatment

Biomedical Research

  • Specific focus on cancer research drugs
  • Excellent instrumentation similar to R1s
  • Small class sizes for more hands-on opportunities
  • Present research at regional and national competitions
  • Gain experience for job opportunities in the pharmaceutical industry or path to pursue your Ph.D.

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Graduate Coordinator

Juchao Yan

Dr. Juchao Yan

Professor of Chemistry/Chemistry Graduate Coordinator/Chair of Physical Sciences

Office Location: Roosevelt Science Center (RSC), Room 124

Phone: 575.562.2494

Master of Science in Chemistry Program Details

In our Master of Science in Chemistry program ENMU offers you advanced preparation in the fields of analytical chemistry, biochemistry, organic chemistry and physical chemistry. Our Chemistry Master's Program provides a thesis and non-thesis option so you can choose the path that best fits your professional needs. Our program is not a pure chemistry master's and helps you get experience in multidisciplinary options in chemistry.

Thesis Option: Allows for the pursuit of your specific research interests in one of our offered sub-fields. The thesis option is designed for you if you are preparing for more advanced studies in chemistry (Ph.D.), advanced training for chemistry careers or if you are preparing for entry to professional schools in related areas.

Non-Thesis Option: Best choice if you are already involved in a career in chemistry, environmental science, medicine, science education or a related field.

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Admission Requirements

To begin the M.S. in Chemistry, you have to:

  1. Meet Graduate School admission requirements.
  2. Have earned a bachelor's degree.
  3. Have completed basic courses in general chemistry (one year), organic chemistry (one year), analytical chemistry (one semester), biochemistry (one semester), calculus (one year) and physics (one year). You may be admitted with minor deficiencies to be remedied through leveling courses.
  4. Submit a personal statement including career goals to the department.
  5. Submit at least two letters of recommendation to the department.
  6. Be approved by the department graduate faculty.

All newly admitted chemistry graduate students are evaluated for sufficient undergraduate preparation by the chemistry graduate faculty and may be required to take leveling courses, in addition to degree requirements, to remedy any deficiencies. Determination of appropriate preparation may include review of transcripts, GRE or other standardized exam scores, and preliminary subject examinations and writing skills assessment administered at ENMU (if required).

After you are admitted and evaluated, you'll work with a graduate advisor and graduate committee to create a degree plan specifying a course of study (as a thesis or non-thesis plan).

Changing of the plan of study (thesis or non-thesis) after your initial degree plan is filed is normally granted only for extenuating circumstances and is subject to approval.

Bachelor's to Master's Chemistry Degree Option

ENMU also has a bachelor's to master's degree plan, where and undergraduate chemistry student can apply to the Graduate School during the last semester of their junior year to start the master's program.

Find out more about the BS/MS degree option


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