Graduate Program


Program Description

The Department of Chemistry provides the program for graduate students to complete the Master of Science (MS) degree in Chemistry to become professional chemists or to become professional secondary school/community college teachers. Both program tracks require students to finish 12-credit hours of core courses, 3-credit hours of seminar courses, and 9-credit hours of elective courses.

In order to meet the total 30-credit hour requirement for graduation, students in the traditional research track need to complete 6-credit hours on thesis and chemical research, while those in the teacher preparation track should finish 6-credit hours on chemical educational project on secondary school/community college education. Among the 9-credit elective hours, students may be allowed to bring in a maximum of 6-credit graduate hours from courses other than Chemistry.

Further Information
MS in Chemistry Degree Plan
Course Offerings by Campus & Semester

Program Coordinator

Dr. Javier Macossay-Torres
Phone: (956) 665-3377 

Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines
Fall Spring Summer I Summer II
April 15 October 1 March 1 March 1

How to Apply

Step #1Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at The university application fee of $50 ($100 for International Applicants) can be paid online by credit card or electronic check (in the online application). All application fees are nonrefundable.

Step #2: Request your transcripts and other supporting documentation to be mailed to:

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
The Graduate College
Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.158
1201 W. University Drive
Edinburg, TX 78539-2999

*Please Note: If you are a graduate of UTPA, UTB/TSC, or UTRGV you do not need to request an official transcript to be sent to the Graduate College.

Program Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree with a major in Chemistry or 32 hours of undergraduate courses in Chemistry.
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).
  • Two  letters  of  recommendation  from  professional  or  academic sources.
  • Statement of Interest explaining objectives in pursuing the degree and area of interest within chemistry or in biochemistry or material science.
  • GRE General Test. GRE test scores are valid for 5 years. A waiver of the GRE requirement will be granted to applicants who show proof of completing a graduate degree (master’s or doctoral).

Additional requirements for all applicants who attended foreign universities:

Additional requirements for international applicants:

  • Financial   Documentation  showing sufficient funds to cover all expenses (living and academic) for the first year of study. For additional information, visit the Financial Documentation section of the Graduate College website.
  • Immigration  documents, including a current copy of your valid passport. For additional information, visit the Immigration Documents section of the Graduate College website.