Rochester Institute of Technology

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Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Chemistry MS

Program Overview

The program prepares graduates for positions in several fields of chemistry, including industrial work processing and laboratory operations, research and experimental work, supervision of technical projects, and managerial positions.

A substantial number of students continue their education and earn advanced degrees in chemistry or pursue careers in pharmacy, medicine, and dentistry.

The chemistry major allows for flexibility in the type and number of chemistry and university-wide elective courses taken by the student. The program also provides students the option of planning an elective concentration in complementary fields such as imaging science, business, graphic arts, psychology, biology, criminal justice, computer science, engineering, environmental science, forensics, mathematics, packaging science, and physics.

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Master of Science


  • Approximately 65 undergraduate students enrolled and 12 graduate students

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • All students have the option (recommended) of participating in term(s) of co-op employment any term following completion of 1st year courses.

Salary Information

Co-op:   $14.74                   $10.00 - $22.00
*BS:       $50,600                 $37,200 - $64,200
MS:        Insufficient data

*Statistics from the Nat’l Assn. Of Colleges & Employers

(NACE) for 2012-2013 graduates

Student Skills & Capabilities

Students have a broad background in all areas of chemistry (analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry). They specialize in one of these sub-disciplines of chemistry during their time in the M.S. Chemistry program based on their coursework and selection of research advisor.


Approved by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society. Students can request a more flexible B.S. curriculum which is not ACS certified.

Equipment & Facilities

GC-MS, LC-MS, HPLC systems, Atomic Absorption, 300 MHz, NMR, 500MHz NMR, Fluorimeters, UV-Vis, Centrifuge, Electrochem Equipment, Viscometer, Electrophoresis, TGA’s, DSC’s, DMA. Magnetic susceptibility optical microscope inert gas chamber spin coater.

Training / Qualifications

A bachelor’s degree in chemistry or a related discipline usually is the minimum educational requirement for entry-level chemist jobs. However, many research jobs require a master’s degree. Students planning careers as chemists and materials scientists should take courses in science and mathematics, should like working with their hands building scientific apparatus and performing laboratory experiments, and should like computer modeling. Perseverance, curiosity, and the ability to concentrate on detail and to work independently are essential. Because R&D chemists are increasingly expected to work on interdisciplinary teams, some understanding of other disciplines, including business and marketing or economics, is desirable, along with leadership ability and good oral and written communication skills. Graduate students typically specialize in a subfield of chemistry, such as analytical chemistry or polymer chemistry, depending on their interests and the kind of work they wish to do.

Job Titles

Materials Scientist, Assistant/Associate Research & Development Scientist, Quality Control Specialist, Analytical Chemist, Organic Chemist, Inorganic Chemist, Physical Chemist, Medical Chemist, Lab Technician

Significant Points

  • In addition to covering chemistry in our courses, we also place a high emphasis on effective communication, which includes a scientific writing course and at least two seminar presentations.
  • Students can choose to study and conduct research in the following chemistry specialty areas:
  • • ORGANIC SYNTHESIS: Natural product synthesis (organic chemistry)
  • • ENERGY: Synthesis (organic chemistry) and characterization (physical chemistry) of organic photovoltaic molecules and materials for capture of solar energy.
  • • 3D PRINTING: Synthesis (inorganic chemistry) and characterization (materials science) of materials for functional printing in the AMPrint center at RIT.
  • • DRUG TARGET IDENTIFICATION: Characterization of enzymes as potential drug targets (biochemistry)
  • • CANCER RESEARCH: Synthesis (organic/inorganic chemistry) and characterization (analytical chemistry) of multimodal imaging agents or detecting disease states such as prostate cancer.
  • • CLIMATE CHANGE: Atmospheric particulate studies in the upper environment and in office spaces (analytical chemistry)
  • • VACCINE DEVELOPMENT: Characterization of vaccine candidates (biochemistry)

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Amgen, AMRI, Bridgestone Firestone, Cerion Energies, ICB Inc, Inficon, Lockheed Martin, Mylan Technologies, National Renewable Energy Lab, Newman’s Own, OrthoClinical Diagnostics (J&J), OSG Norwich Pharmaceuticals, Pacific Northwest National Lab, Pfizer, Qimonda, TES Environmental, University of Georgia, University of Rochester Lab for Laser Energetics, Vicor Corp, Xerox Corp.

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career. We will make every effort to help you succeed. Call our office and ask to speak with Kris Stehler, the career services coordinator who works with the Chemistry program. For your convenience, you can access information and services through our web site at

Kris Stehler, Career Services Coordinator,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 585.475.5468
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Bausch & Lomb Center
57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603
Wednesday, 08 August 2018 Posted in Science, Mathematics, and Imaging Science, College of Science