The master's degree in Chemistry at Northeastern provides graduate education for students planning careers in industry, business, teaching or planning additional graduate work or professional studies.

There are three options available in the program:

  • Separation Science Emphasis: Students in the program can follow the Separation Science Emphasis in order to prepare for careers in pharmaceutical, cosmetics and food industries as well as environmental laboratories.
  • General Program Emphasis: The General Program Emphasis prepares students to enter professional schools or to continue further graduate work in chemistry.
  • Chemical Education Emphasis: The Chemical Education Emphasis serves in-service middle and high school teachers who attained a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and hold a teaching certification/license to become highly qualified teachers trained in advanced chemistry and pedagogical content knowledge of teaching science in secondary schools. They will also be well prepared to conduct research in the area of Chemical Education or teach at 2-year colleges.

Credit hours required: 30


The program admits students for the fall, spring and summer semesters.

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Program Benefits

Northeastern's Chemistry Department has an active research program. Students who are pursuing a master’s degree can elect to do their thesis research projects in method development and validation of pharmaceutical products, medicinal chemistry, environmental chemistry, material science and chemical education. The unique separation science program prepares students for employment in industry.

The Department houses modern chemical instrumentation such as HPLC, FTIR, AAS, UV Visible spectrometer, NMR, Fluorescence Spectrometer, GC-MS, AFM, and ICP.  

Career Options

Students completing the master's degree program are likely to find employment in the following fields:

  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry: Work in research and development, quality control, and regulatory affairs.
  • Environmental Chemistry: Analytical testing, product development, safety and regulatory issues.
  • Agriculture or Food Chemistry: Focus in food safety, quality control, nutrition, processing, and packaging.
  • Cosmetic Chemistry: Work in research and development, quality control, process engineering, and regulatory.
  • Education: Teaching in primary or secondary school and two year colleges.

For more detailed career information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Academic Catalog Information

Take a closer look at the master's degree in Chemistry and the courses offered toward the degree.

Chemistry, M.S.

Department and Contact Information

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact Chemistry at (773) 442-5670.

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