Masters of Professional Studies

The Masters in Professional Studies is designed as a broad coursework based program intended for students who need additional courses in Chemistry, but who are not planning on pursuing a research career in the field. MPS students must take at least one course in three out of the four subject areas of the Department: Biochemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Natural Products/Organic Chemistry and Polymer Chemistry. The curriculum is sufficiently flexible to allow a student interested in specializing in one of these areas to take the core sequence in that area, although this is not strictly required. Students who have taken any of these courses as undergraduates, may not repeat them for graduate credit.

All students entering graduate programs at ESF are expected to be proficient in communication skills, including technical writing and library skills. This applies to M.P.S. students also and they are required to have completed at least one course in technical writing and one course in library usage, either as an undergraduate or as a graduate student. Alternatively, graduate students can meet the requirement by demonstrating the equivalent in experience in writing and library skills, as determined by the steering committee.

In addition to the formal coursework, the M.P.S. program also requires an integrative experience that allows one to synthesize their knowledge. This can be a detailed analysis of one particular area of chemistry, an independent study, internship with industry, or work in a research laboratory. The integrative experience should be approved by the student’s steering committee prior to starting and the students will be expected to present a written final report on the integrative experience.

Students interested in the Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.) degree in chemistry are encouraged to fill out this worksheet and contact the M.P.S. degree advisor ( to customize their field of study early in their degree program.

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