Related Concentrations: Food ScienceBiotechnologyDrug Discovery and Development , Personal Care Science

The Chemistry concentration prepares students to work in a variety of industries which utilize chemical sciences and  processes. This concentration is further subdivided into the following areas:  catalysis, drug discovery synthesis, materials chemistry, and general chemistry.

The fraction of chemical processes in industry that is based on catalysis is currently over 80% and increasing. These range across virtually all manufacturing industries, from fuels to pharmaceuticals. The preparation of new chemical catalytic systems is the most challenging dimension of the manufacturing process, because at this step our understanding of catalysis can create new catalysts, new catalytic process, or new products. There is an increasing demand for leaders with knowledge of both the science of catalysis and the fields related to the business of custom and commodity chemical catalysis and process chemistry, including regulatory processes (e.g. GMP) and intellectual property.

Drug Discovery Synthesis
Along with our competitors in the Boston area, the NJ pharmaceutical industry represents the single largest group of scientists focused on drug discovery in the world. The synthesis of new chemical entities remains the most demanding step of the drug discovery process: it is the point at which theories become real compounds that become medicines. There is an increasing demand for leaders with knowledge of both the science of synthesis and the fields related to the business of medicine, including regulatory processes and intellectual property.

Materials Chemistry
The most promising and fast-growing area in the nanotechnology sector is the development of new functional materials. The synthesis of new materials remains the most demanding step of the discovery process, for it is the transition from the conceptual to the material, the conversion of a hypothesis into new substances with new properties. There is an increasing demand for leaders with knowledge of both the science of materials chemistry and the fields related to the business of materials application, including regulatory processes and intellectual property.

There is an increasing demand for leaders with a broad knowledge of both chemical science and the many areas in businesses that the science of chemistry impacts, including regulatory processes and intellectual property.


Admissions Requirements

Admission to the Graduate Program in Chemistry is based on careful evaluation of scholastic record, letters of recommendation, personal statement, and resume. Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English unless the official language of their country is English – TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper test) or 213 (computer based test). Students whose undergraduate degrees are in a field other than chemical engineering may take undergraduate core chemical and biochemical engineering courses during their first year with approval from the Director of Graduate Program. A Bachelor’s in Chemistry or Chemical Biology is strongly recommended.

Program Requirements

For the Master of Business & Science (MBS) degree, students take 8 courses (24 credits) in the sciences and 19 credits in business. In addition, students must attend 12 colloquium events to qualify for graduation. The business requirements include courses in finance & accounting, marketing, communication & leadership, capstone, ethics and electives. The business curriculum is listed here. The science courses for the Chemistry concentration are given below.

I.  Business Courses

A total of 19 credits are required in the business curriculum. Six courses are required - all but one of the courses are for 3 credits each. Descriptions of the required Business Courses can be found here:

and 2 business electives (e.g., Project Management, Supply Chain, Intellectual Property, et al.) (6cr)

II.  Science Courses

The Chemistry concentration includes sub-concentrations in Catalysis, Materials, and Drug Discovery Synthesis, in addition to the broader concentration in Chemistry from which a diverse mixture of courses in each of the other sub-concentrations is accessible.  Students are required to select 4 courses from four areas, 1 Seminar, and 3 elective courses.

Core Courses (Select 4 courses from the following areas)

Inorganic/Physical Organic Chemistry

  • 16:160:511 Advanced Organic I (3)  (Fall)
  • 16:160:512 Advanced Organic II (3) (Spring)
  • 16:160:515 Interpretation of Organic Spectra (3) (Fall)
  • 16:160:571 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3) (Fall)

Chemical Synthesis

  • 16:160:504  Recent Advances in Organic Chemistry. (3)
  • 16:160:503  Modern Synthetic Organic Chemistry. (3) (Fall)

Physical Chemistry

  • 16:160:525 Chemical Thermodynamics. (3) (Spring)
  • 16:160:542 Computational Chemistry (3) 

Chemical Biology

  • 16:160:537 Biophysical Chemistry (3) (Fall)
  • 16:160:544 Special Topics in Biological Chemistry (3) (Spring)

Required Seminar Course (2)

  • 16:160:607/608  Research Colloquium in Chemistry or the equivalent (Fall)

Please see below:

Core Courses

(Choose 1 from each area for a total of 4 core courses, 1 Reqd. Seminar)


(Choose 3 electives from this concentration)

Drug Discovery Synthesis

(Choose 3 electives from this concentration)

Materials Chemistry

(Choose 3 electives from this concentration)


(Choose 3 electives from this concentration)

Inorganic/Physical Organic Chemistry 16:160:605/606 (required) 16:160:503 16:160:509 16:160:503
16:160:511 Choose 6 additional credits from other concentrations 16:160:504 6:160:521 16:160:571
16:160:512 XXX:XXX:XXX 16:160:506 16:160:529 16:160:575
16:160:515   16:160:515 16:160:543, 544 16:160:579
16:160:571   XXX:XXX:XXX 16:160:579  
Chemical Synthesis     XXX:XXX:XXX XXX:XXX:XXX
Physical Chemistry        
Chemical Biology        

Please Note: XXX:XXX:XXX For suggested electives please consult advisor(s) for approval


Concentration Coordinators

Dr. Ralf Warmuth

Dr. Beth Ann Murphy
Life Sciences Coordinator

The MBS (Master of Business & Science) is a Professional Science Master's Degree combining graduate science courses (MS level) in a particular concentration with courses in business. 

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