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Chemistry, Master of Science

St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Queens Campus


The widely-respected Master of Science program in Chemistry at St. John’s University will prepare you for a career in industry, education, government laboratories, or private research, or to pursue a doctoral degree in the field. It features a broad and cross-disciplinary curriculum that includes such areas as: organic and inorganic chemistry; computer applications in chemistry; natural products; methods of analysis; and reaction kinetics.

You’ll work closely with distinguished faculty members as part of the supportive scholarly community that exists within SJU’s Department of Chemistry. You may also have the opportunity to supervise undergraduate laboratory activities as a graduate assistant, receiving tuition remission and a stipend in return.

Watch a video about St. John's Master of Science program in Chemistry.

Department Faculty

Please see a list of our Chemistry faculty.

Department Contact
Joseph M. Serafin, Ph.D., Chair
Department of Chemistry
St. Albert Hall, Room 321
(718) 990-6297
[email protected]


Entrance Requirements
If you wish to pursue graduate study in chemistry, your best preparation is a bachelor of science degree in a chemical science. If you do not have an undergraduate degree in chemistry, you may also submit evidence that you’ve successfully completed eight or more credit hours in each of the following: inorganic chemistry; organic chemistry; analytical chemistry; physical chemistry; and general physics. You should also have taken at least six credits of mathematics, including differential and integral calculus. If you lack preparation in one of these areas, the department chair will determine which course(s) you must make up in order to matriculate in the graduate program. 

Graduate Admission Information
Office of Graduate Admission
[email protected]

Tuition and Financial Aid

Graduate Assistantships

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis to all qualified full-time applicants. Graduate Assistants, who receive tuition remission and a stipend, supervise undergraduate laboratory activities, and tutor students. 

Career Outcomes

With an M.S. in Chemistry from St. John’s, you’ll be desirable to employers in and beyond science. You’ll be eligible for careers in exciting areas of growth, including:

  • Industrial chemistry: Research and development, quality control and production, technical sales, marketing and support
  • Technology: Forensic science, biotechnology, nanotechnology, toxicology, environmental science, petroleum chemistry, food chemistry, cosmetic chemistry, dietary science
  • Health professions: Medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, medical technology
  • Government: National laboratory research, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Food and Drug Administration, Homeland Security
  • Academia: Faculty and technical support staff
  • Chemical Information: Science writing, science librarianship, abstracting, publishing, editing, museums, science centers
  • Intellectual Property Law: Patents

Program News

As part of the Grand Alumni Homecoming Weekend, St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences held an Alumni Award Ceremony and Reception on Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. in the Dr. M.T...