The master's degree provides a job-market advantage over those with only a bachelor's degree. The program consists of both coursework and research. There are a minimum of four courses required, two within the student's chosen major area and two outside of that area. One literature seminar is required to develop information processing and presentation skills.
The research component is of equal importance. This generally requires 2-3 years and provides provides extensive hands-on experience with compounds and instrumentation.
Completion of the degree requires a written thesis that is presented in a seminar format and defended before a small committee.