University of Colorado Denver

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences



1380 Lawrence St., Room 1251

Denver, CO 80217

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MS in Chemistry

Format: Campus

Program Description:

With chemistry often called the "central science," a chemistry background is a powerful tool to launch you into your career. Pursuing a degree in chemistry provides a solid foundation for further study in other related fields such as biochemistry, pharmacology, environmental science, geology and chemical engineering, all of which require a substantial chemistry background. Chemistry also provides a solid background for medicine and related fields such as dentistry and pharmacy.

The Chemistry MS program focuses on providing students the skills and knowledge necessary to conduct specialized research in preparation for careers in chemistry and related disciplines. Completing an MS in Chemistry at CU Denver can position you for admission to a competitive PhD or health sciences program and the valuable experience gained throughout the program can set you up for success in pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries.

Our flexible program can accommodate you if you’re looking for a quick route to a graduate degree, if you want to complete a degree while staying at your current job, or if you want to delve into research to see if that is the path for you.


  • Customizable and flexible curriculum
  • Thesis or Coursework Plans
  • Accelerated BS/MS Program


Research Areas Include: DROP: Air Quality Monitor and Analysis; Molecular Modeling and Simulations; Nano-device and Novel Materials; Protein, Membrane, and Nucleic Acid Interactions; Reaction Mechanism and Catalyst Design; Science Education

Program Tracks: Biochemistry Track (emphasis on an understanding of biochemical principles governing metabolic diseases, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases), Synthesis and Measurement Track (students learn how to prepare and characterize molecules and materials, and how to measure their properties), and Molecular Modeling Track (students learn fundamental principles and modern techniques in computer modeling and apply the acquired knowledge to solve practical problems in chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics, and material sciences). Students interested in gaining experience in a broad range of chemistry are encouraged to consider the traditional track.

Financial Support: The Chemistry MS program does not offer financial assistance at this time. Students are eligible to apply for a research assistantship or a teaching assistantship positions.

Applications: Applications are due by June 15 (Fall) or January 15 (Spring).

Career paths of graduates: Many of our graduates have gone on to PhD programs, Medical, Pharmacy, and Dental schools. Others have successful careers in academia, government, and the industry.

Why CU Denver? As Colorado’s only public urban research university, CU Denver educates a diverse student body through quality academics, ambitious research and creative work, and civic engagement in the city we call home. Graduates gain the powerful combination of immersive classroom and real-world experiences that are in demand today, while the city benefits from well-educated, top talent and a new generation of knowledge that fuels the future of Denver and our region.

We are committed to diversity and equity. Students from all backgrounds will find resources & support on campus.


The University of Colorado Denver is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

International Student Requirements:

International students must meet ALL of the standard requirements and also must provide: • Original transcripts and documentation in English (or a certified English translation) of the completion of a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, or the equivalent • Documents required to process immigration documents • Certified English translation of all academic records and references not in English • $75.00 international non-refundable application fee • Evidence of proficiency in English as demonstrated by one of the following: - Citizen of a country whose official language is English - TOEFL or IELTS - Graduate of CU Denver’s ESL Academy - Earned bachelor’s degree or higher from a foreign or US accredited institution where the language of instruction was English. - Earned a bachelor’s degree from the US or successful completion of at least 2 semesters (12 credits) of full-time study in a graduate-level master’s program at an accredited institution with a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 30

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 377.00 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Loans Offered: Students are encouraged to work with the University's Financial Aid Office to obtain information on financial aid opportunities. University of Colorado Denver FASFA Code: 004508

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 0-999

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