Student in chemistry lab.

Chemistry, MS

Personalized direction and laboratory-intensive training on active research projects

USF’s Master of Science in Chemistry is designed for graduate students seeking a research-based degree with personalized direction from research advisers and training from experienced full-time faculty. Hands-on training opportunities prepare our students for a future in professional research and development, further studies in a PhD program or health-related professional programs, and teaching positions at the high school and community college level.

Apply Now for 2023

We are still accepting applications for fall admission. We recommend you submit your application as early as possible to be considered for admission in the fall of 2023.

Samuel Jocobo standing in front of presentation.

Samuel Jacobo MS ’23

I'm making a new design for chemotherapeutic drugs. If it proves to be effective, it could replace the drugs out there that have heavy side effects.”

Samuel Jacobo MS ’23

Full-Tuition Merit Scholarships

Students admitted to the program are funded, including a full graduate scholarship, and most earn a salary through teaching or research assistantships.

Research Labs

Our students work alongside full-time faculty in well-equipped research labs in chemistry and biochemistry.

Lab Instruments

  • Atomic absorption spectrophotometer
  • Computational facilities
  • Electrochemical workstation
  • Fluorimeter
  • FPLC
  • FT-IR/Raman spectrometer
  • GC-MS and GC systems
  • HPLC systems
  • Isothermal titration calorimetry
  • Multimode plate reader
  • UV-Vis-NIR spectrophotometers
  • Varian 500 MHz FT NMR

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Janet Yang has received a grant of $419,312 from National Institutes of Health for her project titled “Mechanisms of Substrate Selectivity and Transport by a Bacterial Methionine ABC Importer”. This proposal seeks to understand how prokaryotic ABC importers uptake nutrients that are crucial for survival, and these findings could provide new targets for treatment against bacterial pathogens. Towards this end, Dr. Yang will employ biochemical and biophysical methods to dissect how the E. coli MetNI transporter, an established model system, transports methionine from the periplasm to the cytoplasm.

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Chemistry, MS

Herman Nikolayevskiy, Graduate Director
Harney Science Center 353, 2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117