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Introduction to Penn's Master of Chemical Sciences

This video introduces Penn's Master of Chemical Sciences program. Hear from program staff, faculty and graduate students about the program, Penn's facilities, and research experiences.

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Virtual Information Session

Associate Program Director, Dr. Ana-Rita Mayol dives into more detail about how the Master of Chemical Sciences at Penn is different from other chemistry programs, the program requirements and curriculum, career opportunities, the city of Philadelphia and more.

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Chemistry at Penn

Our diverse student community works side by side with Penn's Department of Chemistry faculty of leading academic researchers and experienced industry consultants to create opportunities for learning and discovery, community, and professional experiences.


Campus facilities and local partners offer the research experience necessary to complete program capstones and independent research and to prepare for new experiences and careers. The Department of Chemistry facilities include over 120,00 square feet of research space.

An academic and research partnership has been created between Penn's Master of Chemical Sciences and the Baruch S. Blumberg Institute, the nation's leading nonprofit research organization dedicated to hepatitis B and liver cancer. This agreement helps provide the Blumberg Institute with outstanding individuals to work in its labs and offers Penn's graduate students the opportunity to be mentored while they secure real-world research experience in order to enter or advance in the chemistry profession.

Penn's Masters of Chemical Sciences program is also partnered with Glaxo-Smith-Kline (GSK) to provide students with an exclusive opportunity to conduct research for their capstone projects. GSK is one of the world's leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies. Through our formal agreement, students are exposed to all stages of the pharmaceutical R&D process from early discovery to clinical manufacturing at two research sites in the Philadelphia region.

The MCS program also offers our students an opportunity to complete their capstone with our partners Axalta and the Monell Chemical Senses Center.

If you are interested in completing your capstone at an off-campus location, please contact Program Director Dr. Ana-Rita Mayol.

Campus resources

Master of Chemical Sciences students are part of Penn's vibrant intellectual community, with access to a wide range of academic resources.

In the news

The Penn Current features a Q&A with Ana-Rita Mayol, PhD, Associate Director of the Master of Chemical Sciences. Read more about Ana Rita, how the master's degree was designed to meet evolving job market needs and the program goals for the future. Read the article from Penn Current.

The Philadelphia Business Journal features coverage on the Penn's Master of Chemical Sciences partnership with the Baruch S. Blumberg Institute, and their work in advancing treatments for hepatitis B and liver cancer. Read the article.

Student handbook

Current students: for guidelines on getting started in the Master of Chemical Sciences program, curriculum, policies and procedures, forms and more, refer to the MCS Student Handbook (PDF), or visit the MCS Canvas community website.

Theoretical and technical expertise


A blend of core concentration courses and electives allows students to create an individualized academic schedule.

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Am I eligible to apply?

Admissions and Eligibility

Admissions to the master's program is highly selective. Learn more about applicant qualifications.

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Creating the right chemistry


See how our Master of Chemical Sciences program makes it possible for students to link their academics to industry experience.

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