Combined Bachelor of Science and Master of Science

The BS/MS program is an academic program that allows students to obtain both a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry and a Master of Science (MS) degree in Chemistry in 5 years. Participants start taking graduate courses during their fourth year, and these can be used toward satisfying their MS degree requirements.

What is the BS/MS Program?

The BS/MS program is an academic program that allows students to obtain both a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry and a Master of Science (MS) degree in Chemistry in 5 years. Participants start taking graduate courses during their fourth year, and these can be used toward satisfying their MS degree requirements.

Why would I want to enroll in a BS/MS program?

The combined BS/MS program allows a student to complete both degrees in 5 years. When a student enrolls in an MS program after completing a 4-year BS program, the total commitment is at least 6 years. In addition, an MS degree would position a student more favorably in the job market or as a more attractive candidate to a medical, dental, or professional school.

Is there a research requirement?

Yes, students will start a research project as early as their second year and this will cumulate in a Master's thesis. Research opportunities are available during the summers following the third and fourth years.

Are there scholarships, teaching assistantships or financial aid available?

Overall, financial aid counselors keep in close contact with students in the program to maximize the financial aid package throughout the entire 5-year program. In addition, the department has several academic scholarships and summer research opportunities available to students enrolled in our programs. There are also a limited number of teaching assistantships for students in their fifth year.

When do I apply?

A student who is interested in the program submits an application to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. This is usually done in the second or third year, and the Chair of the department must approve the application.

For additional information, contact Dr. Liz Roberts-Kirchhoff at 313-993-1021,
robkires@udmercy.edu, or RM 109 Chemistry