Sep 28, 2023  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Chemistry (M.S.)

Program Overview

The Master of Science in Chemistry will prepare you for multiple career paths within chemical industry, government, or education, and provides solid preparation for those who continue to study at the doctoral level. The Chemistry M.S. degree includes coursework, teaching, seminar and thesis components. Our award-winning faculty lead projects that span the major subdisciplines of chemistry wherein students use modern chemical theory, techniques, and instrumentation to produce original, high-impact science. Students network with the global scientific community and develop critical skills to become the next generation of chemists. Current USD undergraduate students may consider the accelerated Master of Science degree. Learn more at

DELIVERY: On campus

Master of Science, Chemistry, Plan A only (thesis)

Major Area Coursework - 30 Credit Hours

The following courses are required for all Master of Science in Chemistry students. The department can approve exceptions if an alternative program of study is more appropriate.

General Application Requirements

  1. Completed application
  2. $35 application fee
  3. Official transcripts*
  4. Letters of recommendation*
  5. Statement of purpose
  6. Resume/CV*

*Requirements for admission vary by program and may require different documentation and have different deadlines. This list is not all-inclusive, to view specific program requirements and submission deadlines, follow the  “Admissions Information” hyperlink at the top of this page OR visit the specific program/dept. page found here:

Accelerated Master of Science Program: B.S./M.S.

Up to 12 credits applied toward the B.S. program may be used to satisfy graduate credit.  The following restrictions apply:

  1. Dual-listed courses taken at the 500-level can be applied to both the B.S. and M.S. degrees. Dual-listed courses must be taken at the 500-level.

  2. The student must apply to, and be admitted to, the accelerated program prior to taking courses to be credited toward the accelerated program.

  3. No courses taken prior to admission to the accelerated program may be counted toward an accelerated graduate degree.

  4. Courses that are “double counted” must be approved by the program coordinator for inclusion in the program of study prior to registration for the course or the credits will not be applied toward the accelerated graduate degree.

  5. Only courses taken at the student’s home institution are eligible for accelerated program credit. No transferred courses from other institutions will be allowed to count toward the accelerated master’s degree.

  6. Students admitted to the accelerated M.S. Program may be allowed to register for all courses included in his/her program of study and these credit hours may apply to both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements.

State Authorization - It Matters Where You Live

If your learning placement course (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) or your online course will be taken outside South Dakota, please reference USD’s State Authorization webpage.

State Authorization


Department of Chemistry
605-658-6730 |

Graduate Admissions
605-658-6140 |  |