Master of Science (MSc)

Thesis-based program

Program overview

Become an expert in your field, and find molecular solutions to big-picture questions. Chemistry graduate students collaborate with world-class researchers, work in highly sophisticated labs, and build the skills needed to pursue stimulating work in both research and industry. Among many other things, our faculty members and graduate students are working to advance knowledge in the areas of cleaner energy, medicine, and harnessing the possibilities of nanochemistry. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a campus with graduate students more engaged than those at the University of Calgary. As you work on your own research, your imagination will be fed by the department’s extensive research presentations and talks featuring world-class experts.

Completing this program

  • Core Courses: Students participate in two research seminars focusing on studies of the literature or current research.
  • Thesis: Students will be required to submit and defend an original research thesis.
  • Additional Courses: Topics may include electrochemical fundamentals, organometallic, organic, or inorganic chemistry, toxicology and others.


Director of Research, Educator, Government Regulatory Scientist, Industrial Process Chemist, Medical Researcher, Research Scientist, Scientific Advocate (Business, Law, Government Policy), Team/Project Leader.

A master’s degree in chemistry will give you the pre-requisite for a PhD.

Thesis-based program

Students are required to prepare a thesis and successfully defend in an open oral defense.

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

Two years full time; four years maximum


A supervisor is required; potential supervisors must be listed when applying to the program

Fees and funding

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations, and for information on awards and financial assistance.

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Learn about faculty available to supervise this degree.
Please note: additional supervisors may be available. Contact the program for more information.

  1. Tom Back

    Tom Back

    Seeking Students
    Organic & Medicinal Chemistry; Design and Synthesis of Bioactive Molecules
  2. Darren Derksen

    Darren Derksen

    Accepting Inquiries
    Organic synthesis and methodology applied to natural product development
  3. Picture of Dr. Belinda Heyne (she/her/elle)

    Belinda Heyne

    Accepting Inquiries
    Photochemistry & Nanotechnology
  4. Farideh Jalilehvand

    Farideh Jalilehvand

    Accepting Inquiries
    Heavy Metal Complex Formation with Amino Acids
  5. Pierre Kennepohl

    Pierre Kennepohl

    Accepting Inquiries
    Electronic Structure and Properties of Molecules and Materials
  6. Susana Kimura-Hara

    Susana Kimura-Hara

    Accepting Inquiries
    Drinking Water Treatment and Water Reuse
  7. Peter Kusalik

    Peter Kusalik

    Accepting Inquiries
  8. Justin MacCallum

    Justin MacCallum

    Accepting Inquiries
    Biophysical Chemistry, Integrative Structural Biology, Biomolecular Recognition and Design
  9. Gabriel Menard

    Gabriel Ménard

    Seeking Students
    Inorganic Electrochemistry for Clean Energy Applications
  10. Hans Osthoff

    Hans Osthoff

    Accepting Inquiries
    Analytical and Atmospheric Chemistry

Admission requirements


A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.

Minimum education

A four year bachelor degree, or equivalent from a recognized institution.

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Reference letters


Test scores


English language proficiency

An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:


For admission on September 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents- apply by July 1
  • International students - apply by March 1

For admission on January 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents- apply by Nov. 1
  • International students - apply by July 1

For admission on May 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents- apply by March 1
  • International students - apply by Nov. 1


If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements

Learn more about this program

Department of Chemistry

Science A 229
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4

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Faculty of Science

2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, ABT2N 1N4

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