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Arts and Sciences
Master of Science (M.S.)


When students enter McNulty Hall — home of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry — the message is clear: Seton Hall is a state-of-the-art research and teaching center, strongly committed to scientific discovery. Students appreciate our innovative facilities — including flexible labs — while learning from some of chemistry’s brightest minds. We offer four options for this STEM-designated degree, each tailored to different career or research goals. Whether you’re planning to pursue a life in the research, teaching, or the business side of chemistry, we can help you get there.

What Can I Do with a Master's in Chemistry?

With a Master's in Chemistry, when paired with concentrations in research and business, graduates are primed for advanced research roles in sectors like pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals, and materials science. This rigorous academic foundation not only facilitates breakthroughs in the lab but also positions individuals to adeptly handle the business aspects of the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Furthermore, the advanced coursework and research experience can serve as a strong foundation for those considering Ph.D. candidacy, allowing a smoother transition into doctoral programs and positioning them for leadership roles in academia or industry. Seton Hall, with its emphasis on both research and business, ensures its graduates are well-rounded and ready for multifaceted careers in chemistry and beyond.

By the Numbers

  • 4 Degree Track Options
  • 16 Average Number of Students Enrolled in Program
  • 4 Research Centers
  • 15 Papers Published by Faculty Last Year
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Eric Stroud came to Seton Hall to create a repellent that would help save the endangered species.


Students choose from four options with this degree: a research-based M.S. with thesis (30 credits); a coursework-based M.S. without thesis; an M.S. with a minor in business administration (34 credits); and a research-based M.S. leading to Ph.D. candidacy (30 credits). All master’s students take courses in each of the five branches of chemistry. Research opportunities are available in analytical, inorganic, organic, physical and computational chemistry, as well as in biochemistry. Our department is committed to collaborative research with other institutions, particularly the local chemical industry in northern New Jersey.

Faculty Listing

The faculty of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry form a thriving community that reaches out to other institutions, particularly the chemical industry in northern New Jersey, and are strongly committed to collaborative research. All faculty members lead research programs in cutting-edge areas, such as gas and liquid chromatography, chemical modification of surfaces, atomistic simulation of thin films, interfaces and biomolecules, properties of polymetallic complexes, biophysics of nucleic acids, lipid and membrane protein dynamics, synthetic routes for dendritic polymers, carbohydrate synthesis and advanced catalytic materials.

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James Hanson
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
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Nicholas Snow
Founding Endowed Professor
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Stephen Kelty
Professor and Department Chair
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Our Graduate Programs

The College of Arts and Sciences is dedicated to providing graduate programs to educate the professionals, scientists, educators and leaders of the future. Our goal is to impart the skills and knowledge that graduate students need to develop and follow successful career paths and to prepare them to contribute meaningfully to society through service and/or the advancement of knowledge. We believe that an education grounded in the principles of liberal arts and dedicated to societal advancement through research and interdisciplinary studies is the best instrument for producing well-rounded citizens with intentions that are both personally fulfilling and noble.

Contact Us

  • James Hanson, Ph.D.
  • Director of Graduate Studies
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • (973) 761-9036
  • [email protected]
  • Michael Dooney, Ph.D.
  • Associate Dean for Graduate Academic Affairs
  • (973) 275-2155
  • [email protected]

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