Department of Chemistry

MAS Chemistry Graduate Program

Are you a chemist seeking career advancement in government, industry, medicine, and technology?
A recent science graduate looking to gain a competitive edge in the professional job market?
Re-entering the workforce looking to refine your professional and technical skills?
If so you should consider enrolling in the MWSU MAS Chemistry program.
The Master of Applied Science in Chemistry degree is designed to allow you to pursue advanced training in chemistry, while simultaneously developing workplace skills highly valued by employers. The program is an innovative degree consisting of academic training in chemistry, along with a professional component including cross-training in business and communications developed in concert with industry and designed to dovetail into present and future professional career opportunities. Graduates are equipped to manage the breakthroughs that are created by the research teams. They can interact between researchers and managers, especially in the marketing, finance, and legal departments. The Master of Applied Science in Chemistry allows students to pursue advanced training and excel in the field of chemistry while simultaneously developing highly-valued business skills, preparing them for science careers in business, government, or nonprofit organizations, where workforce needs are increasing. The program is an affiliated Professional Science Masters program, combining rigorous study of chemistry with skills-based coursework in business fundamentals, economics, regulatory affairs, intellectual property, project management, and skills-oriented training in: communications, computation, and working in teams.

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Admissions Requirements
  • Completion of an undergraduate degree in chemistry, or a closely related discipline.
  • Complete the online application.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 Application essay stating career goals and how this program fits into those goals. Submit this directly to the Department at the address below.
  • Two letters of reference, preferably at least one from an academic source. These should be sent directly to the Department on your behalf.
  • Application reviewed and approved by the MAS Chemistry Graduate Admissions Committee.
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Curriculum (total of 35 credit hours)
Courses are scheduled with the professional in mind and generally meet after 4:30 pm.

Professional Advisory Board Members
Dr. Levi Felts, Leica Microsystems
Ms. Leeann Fell, Ameri Pac
Dr. Merrill Schaeffer, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.
Dr. Doug Rivers, ICM
Mr. Ryan Hoefling, ICM
Ms. Barbara Shatto, Shatto Milk Company
Mr. Justin Palmer, Omnium
Professional Core:
COM 601 Professional and Organizational Communication OR
ENG 540 Writing for Managment and Supervision OR
ETC 600 Technical Communications Theory and Practice (3)
MGT 603 Organizational Theory (3)
MKT 605 Strategic Marketing (3)
ECO 607 Managerial Economics (3)
MAT 609 Technical Analysis for Decision-Making (3)
MAS 695 Graduate Colloquium (3)

Chemistry Option:
CHE 520 Laboratory Safety and Management (3)
CHE 530 Principles of Quality Assurance (3)
CHE 650 Analytical Method Development and Validation
CHE 640 Principles of Industrial Scale-up and Production
CHE 680 Intellectual Property in the Scientific Setting (2)
Enroll in 3 hours from the following options:
CHE 610 Applied Chemical Separations (1)
CHE 611 Applied Spectroscopy (1)
CHE 612 Applied Biochemical Methods (1)
CHE 613 Drug Discovery (1)
CHE 675 Graduate Internship in Chemistry (3)
"As a non-traditional student (in my forties), I was looking for a way to get beyond an entry level position. The MAS Chemistry degree was the perfect answer for me. I was able to bypass the entry level requirements and transition directly to a position as a lab manager."
Deborah Jeffries, '09

"The Chemistry Department transformed my goals from just getting a degree to earning the MAS Chemistry degree. This degree allowed me to teach chemistry, work at a local independent testing laboratory, and explore new opportunities. I constantly acknowledge the Chemistry Department at MWSU for my success."
Alexa McDonough, '12

For questions, contact Dr. Steve Lorimor

  • phone number:
  • 816-271-5840

  • our address:
  • Department of Chemistry
    Missouri Western State University
    4525 Downs Drive
    St. Joseph, MO 64507

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