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Master of Science in Chemistry

Important Update: The Department of Chemistry has decided to discontinue the online MS CHEM program. Current students will be allowed to finish their degree programs within the time period outlined in their offer letters. The Department of Chemistry will continue to offer non degree admission to those students interested in certificate programs offered through the online program. If you have any questions about this decision, please contact the program adviser, Dr. Rebecca Miller at rebecca.miller@lehigh.edu.

Overview: Chemistry is a versatile subject area and the pursuit of a career in chemistry can be a most intellectually satisfying experience. No other basic science touches and shapes as many aspects of modern society as does chemistry. From soft contact lenses and synthetic blood to longer-lasting paint and alternative fuel sources, the study of chemistry has provided the solutions to complex problems and has improved the quality of all phases of human life.

Information for current MS CHEM seeking students only: The Master’s Degree in Chemistry is a 30-credit program, which can be obtained by one of three options: 1) a minimum of 30 course credits, 2) a minimum of 27 course credits and a three credit literature review paper (taken under CHM 421 - Chemistry Research), or 3) a minimum of 24 course credits and six credits of Experimental Research - CHM 421. Each option requires a minimum of 18 credits at the 400-level (15 of which must be in Chemistry) and one credit of CHM 481 - Seminar.

Proficiency at the advanced undergraduate level must be demonstrated in two areas. The proficiency requirement is met by passing two of the following courses with a grade of "B-" or better: CHM 438 - Analytical, CHM 452 - Advanced Organic, and CHM 371 - Biochemistry I.

Students may transfer in as many as nine graduate hours in chemistry from accredited institutions, but these courses must not be used for any other degree program, must be no older than 4 years old, must be considered graduate level courses at that institution, and the student must earn a grade of "B" or better (a “B minus” is not sufficient). In addition, the course must match a course regularly taught at Lehigh.

A student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better to remain in the Chemistry graduate program. If a student falls below a 3.0 GPA, the student will be given one probationary semester in which to raise her/his GPA to a 3.0 or better. If after the probationary semester, the student’s GPA is not raised to a 3.0 or better, the student will be dismissed from the graduate program in Chemistry. Any grade of C- or below may not be credited toward a degree. An incomplete grade must be removed within 12 months for credit to be received. CHM 421 is an exception – a final grade is usually given in this course during the semester in which a student graduates.

Students may choose their course work and complete their degree requirements by selection of any set of courses consistent with these requirements. Each student may design a tailored concentration in a specific area of Chemistry, but it is also possible to design a broad-based curriculum with components from several different areas of Chemistry. For example, for a concentration in Organic Chemistry, the student might select from CHM 394, 452, 453, & 455. For an emphasis on Pharmaceutical Chemistry, a student would choose CHM 371/372, 424, 452, 477 (Toxicology) & 477 (Immunology). Suggested courses for those who wish to concentrate in BioOrganic, Pharmaceutical Analytical or Regulatory Affairs are defined by the respective graduate certificate programs in those areas. Some courses require prerequisites; if unsure about your eligibility for a particular course, contact Dr. Rebecca Miller, the program advisor. Dr. Miller can help design a degree program with specific concentration in one area and should be consulted for specific program advice.

Students completing the program will receive a Lehigh University Master of Science Degree in Chemistry.


Application Deadlines


Semester Non-degree
Fall August 1
Spring December 1
Summer May 1

Status Explanation


Current courses offered online (Course credits in parentheses)

CHM 336 Clinical Chemistry (3) CHM 438 Analytical Chemistry (3)
CHM 371 Elements of Biochemistry I (3) CHM 442 Regulatory Affairs III: Validation of Analytical Assays (3)
CHM 372 Elements of Biochemistry II (3) CHM 452 Advanced Organic (3)
CHM 393 Physical Polymer Sciences (3) CHM 453 Heterocyclic Compounds (3)
CHM 394 Organic Polymer Sciences (3) CHM 456/458 Spectral Analysis (3) + (1)
CHM 421 Research (3-6) CHM 463 Regulatory Affairs IV: Commercial Prod
CHM 424 Medicinal & Pharmaceutical Chemistry (3) CHM 474 Regulatory Affairs V: Pharmaceutics (3)
Chm 425 Regulatory Affairs I: Drug Discovery (3) CHM 475 Advanced Topics in Chemistry (1)
Chm 428 Regulatory Affairs II: Biomarkers (3) CHM 477 Regulatory Affairs VI: Biologics (3)
CHM 431 Contemporary Topics in Analytical Chemistry (1) CHM 477 Regulatory Affairs VII: Chemistry Lab to Clinical Trials (3)
CHM 432 Chemometrics (3) CHM 477 Topics in Biochemistry (3)
  CHM 481 Seminar (1) - Required

The program may be completed using Classroom Online, an asynchronous online format that offers flexible scheduling and participation.


Academic Advisor

Professor Rebecca Miller

Phone: 610-758-3676

E-mail: rsm4@lehigh.edu

Department Web site: http://www.lehigh.edu/chemistry