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Master of Chemical Sciences

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An Ivy League master's degree in chemistry that offers top-rated industry connections

Your future in chemistry starts at Penn. Whether you’re currently a chemistry professional or seeking to enter the field, Penn’s rigorous Master of Chemical Sciences (MCS) program prepares you to take advantage of the myriad career possibilities available in the chemical sciences. Our program equips you with theoretical and technical expertise in biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, environmental chemistry, and materials. The MCS program connects you with the resources of an Ivy League institution, including a faculty of leading researchers and experienced industry consultants. We provide the academic and professional opportunities you need to achieve your unique goals. Take full advantage of Penn’s expansive network and complete your research, capstone, or independent study with local and national partners or in one of the University’s stellar facilities to accelerate your career. 

Students can complete the program full time in two years or enroll on a part-time basis, taking one or two courses per semester.

Where innovation in chemistry is elemental

Hear from Master of Chemical Sciences Associate Director Dr. Ana-Rita Mayol, professors, and students about the stellar academic and professional opportunities in chemistry available to you here at Penn. Whether you are working in the field or recently graduated, our flexible program can take your career in chemistry to the next level and beyond.

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Fast Facts

Percentage of international students in the Master of Chemical Sciences program
Number of partnerships:
6 industry and 1 academic
Placement after graduation
42% PhD programs
26% seeking industry positions
23% industry
6% academia
3% professional programs
Number of Penn Chemistry faculty academic advisors available to master’s students
Number of peer-reviewed publications
Graduation rate for students in the Master of Chemical Sciences program
Percentage of students placed in capstone projects
Number of patents earned by Master of Chemical Sciences alumni

Theoretical and technical expertise

A blend of core concentration courses and electives, and the opportunity to design an independent studies course, allows students to create an individualized academic schedule. Students choose from the following six chemical sciences concentrations: biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, environmental chemistry, and materials. All MCS students complete a culminating capstone project.

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Upcoming application deadline

The priority admission deadline for fall 2021 is February 1 and the deadline for regular admission is March 1.

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Student & Alumni Stories

Student & alumni stories

"I didn't expect I would have so many chances to talk and communicate with the professors here."
-- Yannan Lin, current student

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Am I eligible to apply?

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

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