Obtaining a graduate degree in chemistry while working full-time is often an insurmountable challenge. Balancing courses with work and personal responsibilities is difficult enough, but it is especially difficult to do a thesis on a part-time basis. It has typically been an unrewarding, frustrating experience for faculty and students alike. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UNCW has worked to overcome these problems.
Ability to remain employed full-time while earning a masters degree.
Increased knowledge and skills enable greater job responsibility and satisfaction
Program flexibility allows balancing demands of personal life, job, and school.
Portability- if you relocate you can still finish the degree from the new location.
- More time flexibility. Not the standard MWF at 6:00 p.m. course so if work or personal demands interfere can cover the course material at another time.
- Can set your own pace, based upon your experience and background. If familiar with a topic, can quickly move through that section of the course. Conversely, can spend more time on a topic if it is unfamiliar or difficult.
- Portability- can take the course anywhere with internet access: at work, home or while traveling.
- Comprehensive Literature Review
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Fundamentals of Heterocycles
- NMR and Mass Spec
- Advanced Analytical Chemistry
- Advanced Biochemistry
- Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
- Advanced Physical Chemistry
- Advanced Organic Chemistry
- Industrial and Polymer Chemistry
- Medicinal Chemistry
The program is a non-thesis option and requires only on-line coursework.
Although many are, applicants do not need to be employed in the chemical
industry. A total of 36 credits are required; most (at least 21) need to be from
chemistry. Additional coursework (at least 9 credits) is required in a second area
of specialization such as education, business or clinical research.
More information can be found on our website: www.uncw.edu/chem or in
the Graduate School Catalog or at Graduate School website: www.uncw.edu/gradschool
On that page, you can find a link to the catalog and to admissions. The deadline
(all materials must be received by this date) to apply for fall admission is June 15
and for spring admission, November 15.
A major factor in admissions decisions is how a person did as an
undergraduate. Generally we look for a GPA of at least 3.0 and a strong
chemistry background. Work experience, recommendations, and the GRE are
also considered. Although an undergraduate degree in chemistry is helpful,
many of our corporate and traditional graduate students have undergraduate
degrees in other disciplines (often biology) but have taken several chemistry
courses as an undergraduate.
Typically, it is almost impossible for a person to get an advanced degree in
science while working full-time. This program has been designed to make it
possible. If there is any interest, I would be happy to answer any questions or
discuss the program in greater detail.
Hyunjung "Kelly" Lee, Ph.D.
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry