William & Mary

Accelerated Combined B.S. / M.S. Degrees in Chemistry

Kayla Margrey MS 2013The accelerated combined B.S./M.S. in Chemistry allows students to complete both a B.S. and M.S. degree in less than five years – 4 years of coursework, plus 2 summers of research. Matriculating undergraduates interested in the accelerated combined B.S./M.S. degree program should contact the Chemistry Department when they arrive for advising. Careful planning is necessary to complete the general College undergraduate requirements plus graduate coursework in the allotted timeframe.

Chemistry majors may apply for formal admission to the accelerated combined degree program in the second semester of their junior year. The deadline for financial aid consideration is February 15.

Applicants must have completed the first two years of Chemistry as well as the Physics and Math prerequisites before their third year, completed all non-chemistry courses required for the B.S. degree before the fourth year, need no more than one undergraduate chemistry course and an associated lab to complete their B.S. degree in the fourth year, and possess an overall GPA average of 3.0 and a 3.0 in Chemistry courses.

During the fall semester of the fourth year, students may take no more than one undergraduate Chemistry lecture course and an associated lab course to complete their B.S. degree. All B.S. degree requirements must be completed before the second semester of the student’s fourth year. Students are eligible for graduate financial aid only after completing all requirements for the B.S. degree.

Students must begin the research leading to their master’s thesis the summer following their third year. They are required to continue full-time research the summer following their fourth year. They will complete the graduate coursework during their fourth year and be enrolled in graduate research while finishing the thesis.

See the Undergraduate Catalog for details on undergraduate degree requirements and course list, the Graduate Catalog for M.S. requirements and graduate course list.