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Analytical chemists explore the composition and structure of substances to better understand how they behave under different conditions. Governors State’s Master of Science in Analytical Chemistry prepares students for employment in public and private laboratories specializing in advanced analytical instrumentation and wet chemical methods. Analytical chemists are highly valued in many fields for their abilities to promote safety, ensure regulatory compliance, support healthcare innovation, and solve industry-related problems.

This graduate major is designed to build upon an undergraduate background in chemistry or a related field, providing a theoretical base in analytical chemistry and practical experience with analytical instrumentation.

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Courses and Requirements

To learn more about the program's requirements and courses, visit the Master of Science in Analytical Chemistry's catalog page.

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Careers in Chemistry

Analytical chemists make qualitative and quantitative determinations about the structure, composition, and nature of materials and develop analytical techniques, study relationships and interactions, and identify the presence and concentration of chemical pollutants.

Why Get a Master of Science in Analytical Chemistry?

As a graduate student in the Analytical Chemistry program, you will gain hands-on experience with state-of-the-art instrumentation, procedures, and computer analysis—practice that is critical to the field. Recognizing the importance of future genetic engineering technology, M.S in Analytical Chemistry includes studies in biochemistry to explore the analytical techniques necessary for the future of chemistry theory.

As of 2023, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the national median wage for chemists was $84,4600. As of 2024, reported that the median wage in Chicago, IL was $70,367.

Delivery Format

Earn your master’s degree in 18 to 24 months. Governors State’s 35-credit hour Analytical Chemistry M.S. is offered fully on-campus. Enroll full-time to jumpstart your career, or part-time for added flexibility.

Advisor Information

Paula McMullen
Academic Advisor