Chemistry (M.S.) Non-Thesis
The Non‐Thesis Terminal M.S. Degree Program provides B.A. and B.S. degree students with an option of obtaining a M.S. degree based upon completion of program of academic coursework in advanced chemistry. The program schedule is adjusted for students with full-time jobs, i.e. the classes are from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. CST on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays (except for the seminars).
The minimum course work requirement is 30 hours with at least 21 hours of graduate courses in Chemistry and an option to take up to 9 credits of graduate courses in other disciplines at UNO. Each student is required to prepare and present a literature seminar, the subject matter of which is to be taken from the current chemical/biochemical research literature. Students must present their seminar the semester they intend to graduate. The presentation of the seminar will serve as the comprehensive exam. While the majority of students graduate in 3 semesters, a 2-semester graduation schedule is possible by participating in graduate research with one of the faculty.
M.S. students may not directly transfer into the Ph.D. program but may apply to the Ph.D. program at any time. Students admitted to the M.S. program are self-supported and are not eligible for departmental assistantships. The Graduate School offers a competitive Master's Scholarship for which students may be eligible.
The Ph.D. degree is offered by the Department in the areas of Analytical, Biochemistry, Inorganic, Medicinal, Materials, Organic, and Physical Chemistry. However, many members of the faculty have research interests that cross traditional boundaries to cover a range of interdisciplinary areas. The course of study leading to this degree is designed to provide students with a broad fundamental background in chemistry through a core course curriculum and rigorous experience in a particular area of specialization.
The first-year program is flexible and is arranged to prepare students for independent study. Formal coursework is arranged on an individual basis. An advanced degree also represents experience in, and ability to carry out, original research. A majority of the doctoral program will be dedicated to research in the selected area of chemistry. Students entering the Ph.D. program with a baccalaureate degree in chemistry typically take 5 years to complete the program. Dissertation research is undertaken under the supervision of a faculty member of the student's choosing. Students are encouraged to make their selection and begin research at the end of their first semester. More details can be found in the Graduate Student Handbook.