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Master of Science (MS) in Chemistry

Joseph Hornak


The MS Chemistry program is designed to train the next generation of chemistry problem solvers. Our program offers chemists a unique opportunity to increase the depth of their chemistry understanding through formal courses and mentored research. The combination of our faculty dedicated to mentoring students, both in research and the classroom, and our state-of-the-art chemical instrumentation allows us to offer an MS Chemistry program experience which gives students the edge necessary for career advancement or entry into a PhD program in chemistry. Give us an opportunity to help you reach your career goals.

Joseph Hornak, Director of MS Chemistry Program

Program Highlights

The MS Chemistry program will help you bridge the gap between your strong undergraduate breadth of chemistry knowledge and the depth of knowledge required for an industrial career or a successful Ph.D. study. Our unique combination of coursework, teaching experience, and faculty mentored research builds confidence, reinforces chemistry foundations, and trains you to apply your chemistry knowledge to solve problems. Take advantage of state-of-the-art instrumentation such as a 500 MHz NMR, GC-MS, HPLC, FT-IR, Fluorescence, and UV-Vis spectroscopy. Our program will help you open up career opportunities through networking, collaborations, and presentations at national meetings.

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Regina Puts

Success Stories

Regina Puts (BS 2008, MS 2010) Regina came to the USA as an exchange student from Russia and shortly thereafter, received her BS in Biochemistry from RIT. Because she was interested in pursuing her PhD, but had not yet done research as an undergraduate, nor had the depth of coursework she felt she needed, she applied to and was admitted into the RIT Chemistry MS program. She worked on a biochemistry project with Dr. Suzanne O'Handley and successfully defended her MS thesis "PHO13 PGPase from S. cerevisiae, a Member of the pNppase Family of the HAD Superfamily." After receiving her MS in chemistry from RIT she applied to and was accepted by four PhD graduate schools. She chose to pursue her PhD studies in Germany at the Berlin-Brandenburg School for Regenerative Therapies affiliated with Charite Universitätmedizin, one of the largest university hospitals in Europe. She said one of the greatest things she learned from her experience at RIT is, "nothing is impossible!"

William Spencer

Success Stories

Dr. William Spencer, III, (MS 2008) Initially, Bill wanted a terminal MS program and recalls selecting the RIT Chemistry program because it was the best terminal MS program in the New York/New England area. He worked on an organic chemistry research project with Dr. Christina Collison and successfully defended his MS thesis "I. Studies toward the total synthesis of trocheliophorolide A. II. Studies on the development of a palladium-catalyzed carbonylative cross-coupling towards the synthesis of alkenyl alkynyl ketones." After receiving his MS in chemistry from RIT, he applied to and was accepted by four PhD graduate schools. He chose to pursue his PhD studies at the University of Rochester, and after earning his PhD in 2012 continued there working as a Post Doctoral Fellow. When asked if there was anything he wanted to share with perspective MS students he said, "Try your best in coursework and research - how you're doing now will come back to help or haunt you during your job search, and keep in mind you'll be explaining and/or presenting what you accomplished at RIT during your interviews."