Penn’s Master of Chemical Sciences

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A chemistry graduate program designed for your success

Whether you’re currently a chemistry professional or seeking to enter the field, the University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Chemical Sciences helps you prepare for a diverse range of career possibilities. With a faculty of leading researchers and industry experts, our master’s degree in chemistry provides the industry connections and research experiences you need to achieve your professional and academic goals.

  • Take PhD-level courses at an Ivy League institution
  • Choose from degree concentrations in Biological Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, and Materials
  • Network with chemistry professionals who work in a variety of research and applied settings
  • Gain hands-on training and research experience through our industry partnerships with the Baruch S. Blumberg Institute, Glaxo-Smith-Kline, Axalta, USDA, KAUST, Exxon Mobile, and the Monell Chemical Senses Center
  • Enroll full or part time, so you can pursue your chemistry degree without interrupting your career
  • Complete the 10-course Master of Chemical Sciences in two to four years, depending on course load
  • Demonstrate your abilities to current or prospective employers and stake out a new professional niche through the capstone experience
  • Explore chemistry careers with the guidance of faculty mentors and advisors

Fast facts

Number of partnerships:
6 industry and 1 academic
Placement after graduation
37% PhD programs
(of which 18% are in Penn Chemistry)
55% industry
8% academia
Number of peer-reviewed publications
Graduation rate for students in the Master of Chemical Sciences program
Suzanne Dettling, Master of Chemical Sciences ‘19

“Penn’s Master of Chemical Sciences program seemed like the perfect way to further my education. I'm taking the exact same courses as the PhD students, and I work the same hours they work in the lab. It’s been a very positive experience, and I’ve also made industry and academic connections through the group.”

Suzanne Dettling, Master of Chemical Sciences ‘19

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Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335