Master of Art in Chemistry

Because of its broad scope, contemporary chemistry offers exciting employment opportunities in rapidly growing fields, such as materials science, polymers, biochemistry, biotechnology, pharmaceutical/medicinal chemistry, chemical education research and environmental science. Graduates with a master's degree in chemistry are prepared to enter any of these fields or others, since chemistry is the central science with connections to physics and mathematics, biology and medicine, and environmental sciences. According to the American Chemical Society, the national professional association for chemists, "Many predict a growing role for chemistry as we tackle the major issues confronting the world in the 21st century: providing energy, responding to regulation, protecting the environment, improving health and feeding the world."

Why Pursue the Master of ART in Chemistry?

The reasons for pursuing an MA degree in chemistry are as diverse as our students. Many obtain their degree to gain entry into high school or community college teaching, technical librarianship, positions that utilize extensive scientific writing, and professional schools. Those with significant research experience that are already employed in the industrial sector pursue the MA degree to strengthen their theoretical chemistry background. Others use the MA degree as a stepping-stone to gain entry into health professional schools by enhancing their entrance preparation. Since this program is designed to not require a culminating laboratory-based research thesis, it will allow for completion of the degree in two years, including summers. Therefore, it will be highly attractive to those that wish to obtain a Master's degree in a shorter timeframe.

Why Choose Cal State Fullerton?


Where Can I Get More Information?

  • For more information, please contact the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • To contact the current Graduate Program Advisor, please visit our   Contacts page.
  • We also encourage all prospective students to visit us on campus at the department office, McCarthy Hall 580.

Teaching for Students' Success is Our First Priority

Our faculty members take a personal interest in the success of their students. They provide one-on-one mentoring and fashion a graduate experience that meets the individual needs of each student. Our graduate classes are small, providing numerous opportunities for interaction with professors and fellow students. Graduate classes are offered in learning environments that are conducive to the development of critical thinking and personal communication skills, in addition to improving scientific knowledge.

The MA Chemistry is Primarily a Course Work-Based Degree

Unlike our MS program, this newly approved MA degree is primarily a course work-based degree, which means that during the degree program students spend a major part of their time taking advanced level classes. In addition, they will analyze literature in their selected area and work on a proposal which will provide a venue for bolstering their critical thinking skills by analyzing literature data and proposing the next steps in a research project. The degree culminates in a written proposal and a public oral defense of the proposal. The skills learned in this program prepare students well for a career in teaching, industry or health professions.

High Quality Faculty Advisors

Although Cal State Fullerton is primarily a teaching institution, most faculty have active research programs. Our faculty members have been awarded numerous grants from agencies and organizations such as Research Corporation, Petroleum Research Fund, Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Aeronautical and Space Administration, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and United States Environmental Protection Agency. Our faculty serve on many national committees and boards, review proposals for national agencies, and serve as editors and/or reviewers for national and international scientific journals. For the specific research areas of the faculty, refer to the Faculty Research Interests Sheet.

The program provides fundamental courses at a level and depth commensurate with those taken during the first year of a doctoral program.  The program has been designed to allow completion of the degree in two to three years, including summers. However, part-time participation or the need to take refresher courses will extend that time.

National Reputation

Cal State Fullerton has a solid track record for training master's students to enter the workforce, graduate and professional programs, and community college teaching. Alumni from our master's in arts program are highly successful in achieving their career goals.