Administered By: Department Chemistry and Environmental Science

Chair edgardo
Associate Chair edgardo
Director of Freshman Chemistry fellis

Chair Edgardo T. Farinas
Associate Chair Edgardo T. Farinas
Director of Freshman Chemistry Frank B. Ellis

Distinguished Professors Bozzelli, Venanzi, Mitra,
Professors Gund, Krasnope, jacksonn
Associate Professors Dauerman, mcohen,edgardo, qiuz
Assistant Professors wei,hhuang
Research Professors iqbal
University Lecturers Skawinsk, bonchons, petrova, butherus, Bhavani Balasubramanian,gilbert
Director of Freshman Chemistry fellis
Professor Emeritus Kebbekus, Getzin

Distinguished Professors Joseph W. Bozzelli, Carol A. Venanzi, Somenath Mitra
Professors Tamara Gund, Lev N. Krasnoperov, Nancy L. Jackson
Associate Professors Leonard Dauerman, Maurie Cohen, Edgardo T. Farinas, Zeyuan Qiu
Assistant Professors Liping Wei, Haidong Huang
Research Professors Zafar Iqbal
University Lecturers William Skawinski, Michael P. Bonchonsky, Roumiana S. Petrova, Alexander D. Butherus, Bhavani Balasubramanian, Kathleen M. Gilbert
Director of Freshman Chemistry Frank B. Ellis
Professor Emeritus Barbara B. Kebbekus, Donald Getzin

Chemistry Graduate Advisor venanzi
Pharma Chem Graduate Advisor krasnope
Undergraduate Advisor petrova

Chemistry Graduate Advisor Carol A. Venanzi
Pharma Chem Graduate Advisor Lev N. Krasnoperov
Undergraduate Advisor Roumiana S. Petrova

Degrees Offered: Master of Science in Chemistry

Master of Science in Chemistry 6
Master of Science in Chemistry
An undergraduate degree in chemistry or chemical engineering is usually required. Students with baccalaureate degrees in other areas of science and engineering may be considered for admission and required to take an individually designed program that includes undergraduate courses before beginning the graduate program. These courses are not counted toward degree credit.

A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent, is typically required for admission. General GRE scores must be submitted by those seeking financial support and those whose last prior degree was from outside the United States. Subject GRE is not required. International students must achieve a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper and pencil) and 213 (computer based).

Off-Campus Programs: At the National Starch and Chemical Corporation, NJIT offers sufficient courses to fulfill all degree requirements. NJIT faculty teach all courses. For locations, see Extension Programs in this catalog. In addition, a distance-based, 12-credit graduate certificate in Applied Chemistry is available as a step toward this degree for employees of the corporation. For further information about extension programs and Graduate Certificates, call the Associate Vice President for Continuing and Distance Education, Division of Continuing Professional Education, 1 (800) 624-9850 or (973) 596-3060; e-mail:

Degree Requirements:
A minimum of 30 degree credits is required. Students must attain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in the core courses listed below, and a minimum overall GPA of 3.0.

Seminar: In addition to the minimum 30 degree credits required, all students who receive departmental or research-based awards must enroll each semester in CHE 791 Graduate Seminar.

3 credits from:

  Chem 602Advanced Organic Chemistry II: Reactions (3 credits)
  Chem 605Advanced Organic Chemistry I: Structure (3 credits)
3 credits from: chem661,chem664
  Chem 661 Instrumental Analysis Laboratory (3 credits)
  Chem 664Advanced Analytical Chemistry (3 credits)
3 credits from: chem610,chem673
  Chem 610Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3 credits)
  Chem 673Biochemistry (3 credits)
3 credits from: chem658
  Chem 658Advanced Physical Chemistry (3 credits)

Required of those receiving departmental or research-based support; others may choose 6 credits of 600- or 700-level courses in chemical engineering or chemistry instead of thesis.

  Chem 701Master's Thesis (6 credits)
12 credits for those completing a master's thesis

18 credits for those not completing a master's thesis

A maximum of 6 elective credits may be taken from outside chemistry or chemical engineering; a maximum of 3 credits may be at the 500 level.

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry 1
Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry
Doctoral candidates are expected to demonstrate creative thinking, self-motivation and a commitment to achieving quality in their research product. Departmental research includes a well-balanced mixture of experimental, computational, and theoretical projects in the areas of analytical, bio-, organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry. Chemistry doctoral students address real problems, have strong interactions with their advisors and are expected to solve pertinent chemical and environmental problems.

Qualified students may be accepted directly into the program with a bachelor's degree or after they have completed a master's degree in chemistry. A GPA in previous work of 3.5 or better is expected, and international students must submit a TOEFL score of at least 550 (214 on the computer based test). General GRE scores are also required for admission. GRE subject scores are not required. Although the program is intended for full-time students, courses many be taken on a part-time basis initially. A minimum of one year in full-time residency required for completion of the dissertation. Teaching assistantships (TAs) and Research Assistantships (RAs) are available on a competitive basis. In addition to tuition remission, assistantships include stipends for Ph.D. students.


Students entering with bachelor's degrees are required to complete a minimum of 78 credits. This includes 42 credits of course work. The required core courses for the M.S. in Chemistry are mandatory; and no less than 24 credits in chemistry or related courses must be taken. At least 12 credits must be in courses at the 700 level (of which at least 6 should be in chemistry), and none may be at the 500 level. The qualifying examinations must be passed (see below). A minimum of 36 credits of research must be completed, and a dissertation must be submitted and defended.

For students who have completed a masters degree: The program requires a minimum of 24 credits of course work, at least 12 of which are at the 700 level. Of the 700 level courses, 6 credits must be in chemistry. Students must also take 36 credits of research work, followed by the submission and defense of a dissertation. While it is not required that the core courses be taken, students will have to pass qualifying examinations in these areas (see below). Therefore, it is recommended that they take these courses unless they already have a strong background in these areas.

Each semester, Ph.D. students must register for and attend departmental seminars. The credits awarded for this seminar are not applied to fulfillment of degree requirements.

All students must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0. Students entering without the MS degree must also attain a GPA of 3.0 in the core courses.

Qualifying Examination:
Within the first year after admission to the program, students must take a qualifying examination, which will include questions on the required core courses as well as recently offered elective courses. Students have two chances to pass all of the sections. If any section is failed or is not taken on the first trial, one more attempt is allowed. The examinations are given in January and June, and students should notify the Graduate Advisor for Chemistry of their intent to take the examinations at least a month before they are scheduled. After passing the qualifying examinations, students should select a research advisor and a doctoral research committee. The committee must meet the approval of the Departmental Graduate Advisor for Chemistry. It should consist of, at a minimum, the research advisor, three departmental faculty members and one person from outside the department. The graduate advisor should be notified of these selections. Forms are available from the departmental office to report the selections.

Within six months of passing the qualifiers, the student must give an oral presentation to their research committee, detailing the background of the selected research project, and the student's plans for carrying out the research. The committee must formally approve the proposal. The committee may meet at other times to follow the student's progress, at the request of the student and the research advisor.

After the dissertation is completed, the student will present the research to the committee and the public, and defend it. It is expected that the committee will have been given copies of the document several weeks before the defense meeting to ensure that they have adequate time to review it. The date, time and place of the defense must be posted thoughout campus and e-mailed to the department at least two weeks ahead of time.

Obtaining a Ph.D. is expected to entail more than just fulfilling formal requirements. There are skills which students will develop while completing the formal program. We call these skills "The Informal Requirements".

Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Chemistry 30 credits 2
Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Chemistry (30 credits)

1. 30 credits of course work,

2. 27 credits of course work, 3 credits research project,

3. 24 credits of course work, 6 credits of master’s thesis

(Note:  All courses are 3-credits each)


  Chem 605Advanced Organic Chemistry I: Structure (3 credits)
  Chem 673Biochemistry (3 credits)
  Chem 777Principles of Medicinal Chemistry (3)
  Chem 714Pharmaceutical Analysis (3 credits)
  PhEn 601 Principles of Pharmaceutical Engineering (3 credits )
ELECTIVE COURSES (15 credits): chem661,chem664,chem737,chem610,chem736,chem658,chem748,evsc616,math663,math664,phen500,phen604,phen618,{phen635|me635},{R120:572;Concepts in Pharmaceutical Drug Development (Rutgers)},{R120:584;Enzyme Kinetics & Mechanism (Rutgers)},{R160:515;Chemical Structure Determination (Rutgers)},{PathN5209;Business of Science: From Molecules to Medicine (UMD)},{GsndN5310;Clinical Trials Overview: Methodology & Practices (UMD)},{PhpyN5021;Principles of Pharmacology (UMD)},chem700b,chem701c
  Chem 661 Instrumental Analysis Laboratory (3 credits)
  Chem 664Advanced Analytical Chemistry (3 credits)
  Chem 737Applications of Computational Chemistry and Molecular Modeling (3-1-3)
  Chem 610Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3 credits)
  Chem 736Inorganic Biological Chemistry (3-0-3)
  Chem 658Advanced Physical Chemistry (3 credits)
  Chem 748Nanomaterials (3)
  EvSc 616Toxicology for Engineers and Scientists (3 credits)
  Math 663Introduction to Biostatistics (3-0-3)
  Math 664Methods for Statistical Consulting (3 credits)
  PhEn 500Pharmaceutical Engineering Fundamentals I (3 credits)
  PhEn 604 Validation and Regulatory Issues in the Pharmaceutical Industry (3 credits )
  PhEn 618Principles of Pharmacokinetics and Drug Delivery (3 credits)
 PHEN635  or
 ME 635Computer-Aided Design (3 credits)
  R120:572 (Concepts in Pharmaceutical Drug Development (Rutgers)) 
  R120:584 (Enzyme Kinetics & Mechanism (Rutgers)) 
  R160:515 (Chemical Structure Determination (Rutgers)) 
  PathN5209 (Business of Science: From Molecules to Medicine (UMD)) 
  GsndN5310 (Clinical Trials Overview: Methodology & Practices (UMD)) 
  PhpyN5021 (Principles of Pharmacology (UMD)) 

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