Graduate Program

Steven Laws, MS 2013The Chemistry Department graduate program offers several tracks leading to the master's degree in Chemistry:

The program is designed to give students a great deal of flexibility in crafting a curriculum that meets their goals. Our graduates are exceptionally well prepared for their choice of doctoral programs, careers in industry, and acceptance into medical school. Graduate courses are generally small, with individual attention for each student. Our students are integral and important members of the Chemistry faculty's research programs - they are authors on original publications and present their work at scientific conferences. Furthermore, our graduate students gain valuable experience as teaching assistants in undergraduate laboratory classes.

Chemistry laboratory facilities include stockrooms, a reading room, a glass-blowing shop, shared instrumentation laboratories for multi-nuclear magnetic resonance, chromatography, spectroscopy (uv/visible, fluorescence, and atomic absorption), mass spectrometry and polymer characterization, as well as a regional X-ray diffraction facility. Faculty and students often collaborate with other W&M departments, the Virginia Institute for Marine Science, the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, and institutions throughout the United States. These facilities and relationships support research across the spectrum of traditional chemistry areas.

An industrial internship is possible for the M.S. Chemistry degree programs.