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Master of Chemical Sciences

Master of Chemical Sciences graduate program student in a lab

Earn an Ivy League master's degree in chemistry that offers top-rated industry connections

Your future in chemistry starts at Penn. Whether you’re currently a chemistry professional or seeking to enter the field, Penn’s rigorous Master of Chemical Sciences (MCS) prepares you to take advantage of the myriad career possibilities available in the chemical sciences. Our program equips you with theoretical and technical expertise in biological chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, environmental chemistry, and materials. 

MCS connects you with the resources of an Ivy League institution, including a faculty of leading researchers and experienced industry consultants. We provide the academic and professional opportunities you need to achieve your unique goals. Take full advantage of Penn’s expansive network and complete your research, capstone, or independent study with local and national partners or in one of the University’s stellar facilities to accelerate your career.

Fast facts

Percentage of international students in the Master of Chemical Sciences program
Number of peer-reviewed publications
Number of partnerships: 6 industry and 1 academic
Graduation rate for students in the Master of Chemical Sciences program
Placement after graduation
45% PhD programs
(20% in Penn Chemistry)
43% industry
10% academia
6% pursuing a career in data science
2% career in law
Percentage of students placed in capstone projects
Number of Penn Chemistry faculty academic advisors available to master’s students
Number of patents earned by Master of Chemical Sciences alumni

Theoretical and technical expertise

A blend of core concentration courses and electives, and the opportunity to design an independent studies course, allows students to create an individualized academic schedule. Students choose from the following six chemical sciences concentrations: biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, environmental chemistry, and materials. All MCS students complete a culminating capstone project.

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Upcoming application deadlines

The application deadline for fall 2023 is March 1, 2023. The priority admission deadline is December 15, 2022.

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Join us for an upcoming virtual information session on Thursday, December 8, 2022, to hear more about the program, curriculum, and application process.

Am I eligible to apply?

Admissions to the master's program is highly selective. Learn more about applicant qualifications.

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