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Chemistry BS/MS Program


The BS/MS program is an accelerated Masters degree track that allows students to complete one year of post baccalaureate studies and graduate with a Masters Degree in Chemistry within 5 academic years. Students with a Masters degree typically earn higher salaries than respective students with Bachelor's degrees; they also improve their chances of being accepted into Medical, Dental, Pharmacy schools and Ph.D programs. All former students who graduated from CWU with a Chemistry Masters degree are employed.


General BS/MS Timeline:

The program works best if general education and core Chemistry courses are completed by your senior year.

Junior Year: Talk to the Graduate Program Coordinator.   Talk with Graduate Faculty about starting an Undergraduate project that can roll into an MS project.

Senior Year: To obtain both the BS and MS within 5 years, students are strongly encouraged to take graduate courses (up to 15 credits) in their senior year. 

Graduate Year: Complete your remaining graduate courses and the MS project.


Why do a BS/MS?

An employee with a Masters degree typically makes 15-20% more than peers with Bachelors degrees. A student with a Masters degree who wishes to continue their education and go to a professional program (Medical, Dental, Veterinary or Pharmacy School) will enhance their Admission profile and strengthen their chances of acceptance in a competitive process.

Why CWU?

During the last five years, grants and contracts have been awarded to graduate faculty from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund, Research Corporation, National Park Service, Coherent Laser Corporation , and Sensor, LLC amounting to over $4,000,000.

In the past 5 years, graduate students have published (as co-authors with faculty) in 16 peer reviewed publications, and attended over 30 National and International conferences for presentations on their research.

Please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator for further questions.


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