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Accelerated Master's Degree Program

Now Accepting Applications!


About the ADP

The Chemistry Accelerated Degree Program is a research-based Master's Degree completed during one additional year of graduate study.
• Spend another year at Michigan before pursuing advanced degrees in other programs or at other institutions
• Prepare for expanded opportunities in industry that the MS degree affords

Note: This program is not a precursor to a PhD in Chemistry at the University of Michigan. UM chemistry undergraduates are not eligible for admission to the UM PhD program in Chemistry.


  • Pursuing a University of Michigan undergraduate degree
  • Minimum 3.2 cumulative GPA
  • A record of research success 
    • A proposed research plan  & support letter are required for admission
  • In addition to LSA Chemistry majors, also eligible are those with chemistry minors or chemistry focused study or research in programs in Biophysics, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Cell & Molecular Biology, Neuroscience, etc.
  • NOT eligible: students already pursuing two different undergraduate bachelors degrees (not majors), for example a BBA from Ross School of Business and a BS in LSA.
  • NOT eligible: students already in special programs such as the CHEM/CHEM-E

How to Apply

Application deadline: February 1
Applications are welcomed from juniors and seniors.

Application Instructions

The Application Package will include:

  1. Transcript
  2. Proposed plan of completion of the undergraduate degree
  3.  Proposed plan for MS program
  4. Proposed plan for MS research
  5. Letter of support from MS research advisor
  6. Two other letters of support
  7. Personal statement of career interests and rationale for taking the MS degree


Financial Considerations

Cost of the ADP is the student’s responsibility--tuition at in-state and out-of-state rates, living expenses, and health care
• If you are currently receiving financial aid, talk to a financial  aid officer to see what impact graduate enrollment may have on your award.
• See the Rackham website for financial aid available to Masters students.


Graduate level classes may be taken in the 4th year.

Students enroll in Rackham Graduate School in the 5th year.
Minimum 9 credits elected per semester. 

24 credits needed for the Masters Degree:

  • 18 credits at or above 500-level approved from Chemistry graduate credit including 6 credits of research (CHEM 596)
  • 6 credits of cognate courses at or above the 400-level or an additional 6 credits of Chemistry 500 or 600 level courses.
  • Transfer up to 6 credits (including from LSA) that are not used toward any requirements for other degrees for credit toward the master’s degree.
  • You may double-count up to 6 credits used to meet the requirements of the undergraduate degree and the master's degree requirements.

Suggested Program

MS students are free to follow these recommendations, which are requirements for PhD students. Or you may mix and match course selections according to your specific interests.

Analytical Chemistry
Any 3 (or all 4) of these: CHEM 646 (Separation Processes), CHEM 647 (Mass Spectrometry), CHEM 648 (Analysis Spectroscopic and Imaging), and CHEM 649 (Electroanalytical Chemistry). The fourth Chemistry class can also be any remaining 600 level analytical course or some other Chemistry graduate class.

Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 507 (Advanced Inorganic Chemistry), 616 (Physical Methods in Inorganic Chemistry), at least one of the following: CHEM 511 (Materials Chemistry), CHEM 515 (Organometallic Chemistry) or 710-716 (Special Topics), and an elective Chemistry course

Organic Chemistry
CHEM 540 (Organic Principles), 541 (Advanced Organic Chemistry), 543 (Organic Mechanisms), and either CHEM 542 (Organic Spectroscopy) or CHEM 515 (Organometallic Chemistry).

Chemical Biology
CHEM 501 (Chemical Biology I) and CHEM 502 (Chemical Biology II), and two additional Chemistry graduate courses (choice depends on your research interests).

Materials Chemistry
CHEM 511 (Materials Chemistry) and either CHEM 535 (Physical Chemistry of Macromolecules) or CHEM 538 (Organic Chemistry of Macromolecules). Two courses from the offerings of any other Chemistry cluster (analytical, chemical biology, inorganic, organic, or physical) are required, noting that both courses must be from the same cluster.

Physical Chemistry
CHEM 571 (Quantum Mechanics) and CHEM 576 (Statistical Mechanics), Two advanced courses: CHEM 567 (Kinetics), CHEM 580 (Spectroscopy) are recommended.

Cognate Courses
Students may choose from a list of approved cognate courses. This list is expands on that available to PhD students. For example, courses in the Law School, Business School, and School of Education will be approved to accommodate students with interests/career goals in chemistry/patent law, chemistry/business, or chemistry/education. 

Some example of relevant courses include: BA 518 (Business of Biology), BIT 465 (Business Systems Consulting), ES 504 (Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship), MO 501 (Human Behavior and Organization), MO 563 (Leading Creativity and Innovation), EDUC 504 (Teaching with Technology), and EDUC 522 (Improvement of Science Teaching).

Other Training

Safety Training: All MS students who will carry out research will receive laboratory safety training.

Research Ethics Training: MS students will participate in mandatory ethics training in the winter semester.

GSI Training: MS students who obtain GSI positions in the Department of Chemistry will  participate in a mandatory training program before the fall semester.