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Department of Chemistry

Science A 229
University of Calgary
2500 University Dr NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4 Canada
T. 403.220.6252

Master's (MSc) Thesis-based

Located in Canada's most enterprising city and neighboring one of the nation's best playgrounds - the Rockies - the Department of Chemistry's graduate program offers you the opportunity to collaborate with world-class researchers, work in highly sophisticated labs, and build the skills you need to pursue stimulating careers in both research and industry.

Among many other things, our 40 faculty members and 100+ graduate students work on advancing knowledge and finding solutions to problems regarding Chemistry for Cleaner Energy, Chemistry for Life and Health and Chemistry for the Quantum-Nano World that involve the following various research themes:

  • Biological and Medicinal Chemistry
  • Chemical Education Research
  • Chemical Synthesis and Catalysis
  • Computational Chemistry and Molecular Modeling
  • Energy and Environment
  • Nanotechnology and Materials Chemistry

The MSc (Thesis-based) is a full-time degree with an average completion time of two years, typically requiring a Bachelor's degree in the same or a closely related discipline.

Requirements (in addition to Faculty requirements)

  • An appropriate background in Chemistry, each applicant's background will be assessed individually.
  • Usually, a 4 year Bachelor of Science degree, or its equivalent, in the subject of the Division to which application is made.
  • For applicants required to provide proof of proficiency in English, a minimum TOEFL score of 580 (written test); or 97 (Internet-based test); or minimum IELTS score of 7.0; or minimum MELAB score of 83; or a minimum PTE score of 68; or EAP- successful completion of Level 3.
  • Minimum GPA 3.00 (on a 4-point scale) over the last 2 full years of Bachelor's
  • Performance Level: must maintain a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 calculated on a 4-point scale at the end of each registration year and cannot have more than two grades of B- or below.

Completion Time

  • The average completion time is 2 years. Maximum allowed is 4 years.

Required Courses

  • Three half-course equivalents (500 level or above) are required.
  • Normally a minimum of three half-courses will be Chemistry courses.


You must write a thesis on a topic to be agreed to between you and your supervisor.

Required Examinations:

  • After completion of the thesis, students must pass a thesis oral examination.
  • Oral examination must be scheduled at least 4 weeks prior to date of oral exam.
  • Examiners must have a copy of the thesis at least 3 weeks prior to the date of oral exam.

Please refer to Faculty of Graduate Studies Calendar for further details.