Chemistry and Biochemistry

M.S. in Chemistry

The graduate offerings of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry are designed to enhance the knowledge of the professional chemist, to prepare students for entry into the broad areas of research and development, to strengthen students preparation for further study, or to allow for a concentration.

The M.S. program in chemistry offers a choice of several areas of concentration: organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, polymer chemistry, biochemistry and theoretical chemistry. This program is designed to prepare students for entry into the broad areas of research and development, to strengthen students’ preparation for further study or to allow for a concentration in chemistry necessary for inter-area study in fields such as biology and pharmacy. Graduate assistantships are available on a limited basis.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to this program you must:

  • Have completed one year of undergraduate study in each of the following subjects: calculus, physics, introductory (inorganic) chemistry, analytical chemistry, organic chemistry and physical chemistry.*
  • Submit a completed application to the Office of Admissions (see Submitting an Application for Admission).

*Deficiencies must be removed during the first year of graduate study. No graduate credit will be awarded for such compensatory work.

Submitting an Application for Admission

All applicants must apply for admission to LIU Brooklyn. Please apply online at My LIU or use the Apply Now link in the top navigation bar. For more information on the admissions process, visit the Office of Admissions website.

Degree Requirements
The following four (4) courses are all required:
CHM 503 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 4.00
CHM 606 Advanced Physical Chemistry 3.00
CHM 525 Instrumental Methods of Analysis 4.00
CHM 621 Advanced Organic Chemistry I 3.00

In addition, degree candidates must select one of the following two options:

  1. An additional 18 graduate credits from among the courses offered by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, for a total of 32 credits. Candidates must also either pass a comprehensive examination or submit an acceptable library research paper assigned by the department.
  2. An additional six credits of registration in thesis research resulting in an acceptable thesis and 10 credits of graduate chemistry courses, for a total of 30 credits.

Credit and GPA Requirements
  • Minimum Credits (Comprehensive Exam Option): 32
  • Minimum Credits (Thesis Option): 30
  • Minimum Major GPA: 3.0


Richard L. Conolly
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Scott Krawczyk, Dean