Dual BS/MS Degree in Chemistry

The goal of Chemistry’s dual BS/MS degree is to improve the academic foundation of undergraduates in the chemical sciences and allow them to become more competitive for employment and/or admission into Ph.D. graduate programs and health professional schools, such as medical and dental programs. This dual degree BS/MS degree is designed to provide students with hands-on training in research and analysis, but in a reduced timeframe of 5 years. Students will learn to operate state-of-the-art instrumentation, develop analytical skills, improve their written and oral presentation skills specific to the chemical sciences, and receive the professional training necessary to advance their careers.

Students must be enrolled as an undergraduate in the University of Miami. Students are encouraged to have two terms of research in their junior year and must enter the BS/MS program by the beginning of their senior year. Research requirements must be carried out under the direction of the same faculty member throughout both their senior and MS years. All requirements for the BS in Chemistry degree must be completed by the end of their senior year.

Dual BS/MS Degree in Chemistry Requirements:


  • Students must have been identified and accepted into a research lab by a Graduate Faculty member in Chemistry.
  • The student must do research directly in the lab of a faculty member in Chemistry; students may not be sponsored to work in other departments.

Required Courses

  • CHM 710, Masters Thesis, 6 credits per term
  • CHM 779, 1 credit, Departmental Seminar
  • CHM 780, 1 credit, Chemistry Seminar
  • 600 level course, 3 credits, per term
  • The BS degree requires a total of 120 credits with 40 of those credits in chemistry: the core courses; CHM 360, 364, 365, 316, 320, 441; BMB 401; plus three credits of electives from the following list: CHM 317, 401, or any 500-level course.
  • In the MS year, students must take 30 credits over the course of the Summer, Fall, and Spring semesters. Most credits will be for research/thesis work.
  • Additional courses may be taken at 500 or 600 levels, if their thesis committee judges that the courses justifiably support the student’s progress and aspirations.
  • In both their senior and MS years, students are required to enroll in the department seminar each term.