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Undergraduate Program

Five-Year MS Program

The Department of Chemistry offers a special research-based master’s degree program, available only to University of Rochester undergraduates. In this program students can complete their MS degree one year beyond the BS program by taking advantage of the intensive curriculum in the BS program and by integrating BS and MS research.

Students in this program typically enroll in five graduate chemistry courses during their fourth and fifth years of study. A research program is started in the fourth year and continued in the fifth. Both BS and MS theses are required. Fifth-year students will devote more than 50 percent of their time to research.

The five-year program is a great choice for students looking to get their master’s, whether they intend to continue on to get their PhD or choose to work as chemists. If desired, the department will assist the student in finding industrial employment (often an internship) in the summer between the fourth and fifth years of study, enabling them to acquire a better understanding of employment opportunities in the chemical industry.


Since the program is based on an integration of the fourth and fifth years of study, careful planning is required. Students should discuss this program with a faculty advisor when they begin to make decisions about senior research in the spring of the junior year.

Formal application to the graduate school and admission to the program follows in the fall of the senior year. Scholarships for 75 to 100 percent of the tuition for the fifth year of study are available; consideration for that support is concurrent with the review for admission.


The Five-Year MS program is made possible by generous funding from companies, who benefit from the students’ awareness of the company’s support, and often employ the students as summer interns or permanent employees as a result of the program.

Companies Contributing to the MS Program

Procter & Gamble09/1997
Boehringer Ingelheim02/1998, 04/1999, 12/1999


For further information, please contact:

Robin Clark
Graduate Studies Coordinator
Hutchison Hall 471
(585) 275-0635