Chemistry MSc

Degree Requirements

  • SGS 101 and 201 (non-credit)
  • CHEM 700
  • 4 courses / 6 units of additional coursework
  • Research Colloquium
  • Thesis embodying original research OR transfer to the PhD Program

Course Requirements

  • All new MSc students must sign up to take CHEM 700 at the first opporunity; it is offered every September. 
  • Beyond this, you should plan to take four additional CHEM courses at the 600- or 700-level (at most one can be 600-level).
  • Be sure to consult with your supervisor about which additional courses to take.
  • It is possible to get permission to count courses outside of the CHEM program toward your degree.  You will need to fill in a Request for In-Program Course Adjustments Form and obtain signatures from your supervisor and the Graduate Chair. Return the completed form to chemgrad@mcmaster.ca.  
  • For graduate students, the minimum passing grade for any module or course is B-.
  • In all cases, additional courses beyond the minimum requirement may be recommended by the supervisory committee.

The Colloquium


All graduate students are expected to attend departmental seminars and colloquia regularly.

MSc students are required to present a departmental colloquium on their research progress in their second year of study. Chemistry Graduate Colloquium Day is typically held at the end of Winter term each year (in exceptional cases, there may also be an opportunity to deliver your colloquium presentation in the Fall term).  Talks are usually 25 minutes including time for questions. The Colloquium Coordinator will communicate with students earlier in the term to request a title and abstract and will let you know the schedule of presenters.  For examples of past colloquium talks and abstracts see the program from Spring 2021 and Fall 2021.

How to Have a Master's Supervisory Committee Meeting

Note: this is a form-based process and will require signatures from everyone involved. It is the student's responsibility to schedule the meeting, obtain the necessary forms, make sure they are completed, signed and returned to the Graduate Program Administrator as soon as possible after the meeting.

    1. Confirm the date and time of your committee meeting with your advisory committee members. Please note: if the committee meeting will take place virtually, it is the student's responsibility to set up the videoconference.
    2. Obtain a copy of the Supervisory Committee Meeting Report form.
    3. Complete the first two pages and submit the form to your supervisor before the meeting.
    4. Your supervisor and committee members fill out the remaining two pages after the meeting has taken place.
    5. They pass the form back to you; you review their comments and sign the form.
    6. You send the signed form to the graduate chair who reviews and signs it.
    7. The graduate chair returns return the completely signed form to the grad admin (chemgrad@mcmaster.ca).
    8. Once the grad admin receives this form, the process is complete - you have had a committee meeting!

Timelines for Degree Completion: Chemistry MSc

Fall Entry

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 September - DecemberJanuary - AprilMay - August
Year 1

Take SGS-101+SGS-201

Take Chem 700

Apply for major scholarships for your 2nd year.

 

1st committee meeting (April-May)

Consider early transfer to PhD.

Year 2 If planning to transfer to PhD, apply for major scholarships.

2nd committee meeting
(Dec-Feb)

Colloquium (April)

Transfer to PhD by end of June, or defend MSc thesis by end of Aug.
Year 3 OVERTIME!! - You can no longer TA. You cannot hold scholarships. Pay by your supervisor is optional. [exceptions apply for COVID-19]    
Year 4 OUT OF TIME!! - You can only continue with special permission.    

Winter Entry

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 January - AprilMay - AugustSeptember - December
Year 1

Take SGS-101+SGS-201

 

Take Chem 700

1st committee meeting
(August - September)

If planning to transfer to PhD, apply for major scholarships.

Consider early transfer to PhD.

Year 2 Colloquium (April)

2nd committee meeting
(April-June)

Transfer to PhD by end of October, or defend MSc thesis by end of Dec.
Year 3 OVERTIME!! - You can no longer TA. You cannot hold scholarships. Pay by your supervisor is optional. [exceptions apply for COVID-19]    
Year 4 OUT OF TIME!! - You can only continue with special permission.    

Spring Entry

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 May - AugustSeptember - DecemberJanuary - April
Year 1

Take SGS-101+SGS-201

Take Chem 700

Apply for major scholarships for your 2nd year.

 

1st committee meeting (December - January)

Consider early transfer to PhD.

Colloquium (April)

Year 2  

2nd committee meeting (August-October)

If planning to transfer to PhD, apply for major scholarships

Transfer to PhD by end of February, or defend MSc thesis by end of April.
Year 3 OVERTIME!! - You can no longer TA. You cannot hold scholarships. Pay by your supervisor is optional. [exceptions apply for COVID-19]    
Year 4 OUT OF TIME!! - You can only continue with special permission.    
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