Skip navigation

Division of Natural Sciences & MathematicsDepartment of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Degree Programs

Master of Arts in Chemistry

The M.A. degree is intended primarily to meet the needs of students, such as those working full time in local industry or secondary education, who are seeking an advanced degree with only a small research component. The primary difference between the M.A. degree and the M.S. degree is that a research thesis is required for the M.S. degree. The research required for the M.S. degree is often not feasible for students who work full time or is not of interest to those preparing for a career, for example, in secondary education. To facilitate the educational process, each student has an advisory committee that functions to both advise the student and monitor the student's progress. For complete information, see the current graduate bulletin and our general admission requirements.

Course Requirements

A total of 45 credit hours are required of which a minimum of 35 hours must be earned at the University of Denver. First year graduate students take three courses each quarter that comprise the graduate core curriculum in chemistry. Students must maintain a B average in the following courses.

  • Chem 3110 - Chemical Systems I - 3 quarter hours. Advanced discussion of modern concepts in organic chemistry; bonding, stereochemistry, reaction mechanisms. 
  • Chem 3120 - Chemical Systems II - 3 quarter hours. Interpretation of trends in the chemistry of the elements in terms of orbital interactions. Most examples will be taken from the 3d transition metals and the boron and carbon groups. 
  • Chem 3130 - Chemical Systems III - 3 quarter hours. This is an advanced level physical biochemistry course. The course will focus on kinetic, thermodynamic and dynamic aspects of biopolymers, and will delineate the relationship of these properties to the mechanism and function of biological macromolecules. 
  • Chem 3310 - Molecular Structure and Energetics I - 3 quarter hours. Topics to be covered are fundamentals of quantum chemistry, introduction to symmetry, and molecular structure of small and large systems. 
  • Chem 3320 - Molecular Structure and Energetics II - 3 quarter hours. This is a course on computational methods in chemistry. 
  • Chem 3831 - Advanced Protein and Biochemistry - 3 quarter hours. Provides fundamental insights into the chemistry and physics of proteins. Topics range from protein folding to enzyme kinetics and emphasize basic principles. 
  • Chem 3705 - Topics in Biochemistry - 3 quarter hours. This course may include physical techniques for exploring biological structure, biological catalysis, and selected fields within biochemistry taught from original literature. 
  • Chem 3220 - Advanced Analytical Chemistry - 3 quarter hours. This course covers principles of chemical instrumentation and electronics applied to analytical measurements. Principles, instrumentation, and applications of spectrometric and chromatographic measurements are also covered.
  • Chem 4995 - Independent Research - By arrangement with an individual professor.


A student in the M.A. Degree program presents one technical seminar to the chemistry department. Along with this requirement, a minimum of six credit hours of independent study and/or research, approved by the student's advisory committee, is required.