Chemistry, Experiential Track (Plan A)
A candidate for the master's degree, Experiential Track (Plan
A) must complete a total of at least 30 credits of graduate
coursework. Up to 10 graduate credits in chemistry or biochemistry may be transferred from other institutions.
To graduate, the cumulative GPA from lecture-course
credits must be a 3.0 or better. Any student whose average lecture-course GPA
for a given semester falls below a 3.0 will be placed on academic probation.
Only one C or C+ and a maximum of 9 credits may be counted toward the 30
At least 18
credits of lecture coursework must be completed from:
56:160:500-level Any 500-level graduate chemistry lecture course
56:115:500-level Any 500-level graduate
biochemistry lecture course
56:160:500-level Any 500-level chemistry
56:115:500-level Any 500-level biochemistry
One advanced chemistry (115 or 160) course may be substituted with a 500-level graduate Computational and
Integrative Biology 121 lecture course
Up to 6 credits may be taken in the
Independent Study research courses (56:160:619,620 or 56:115:619,620). Up to 6
credits may be taken in preparing a research thesis (56:160:701,702 or
56:115:701,702). Only a maximum of 10 combined credits of independent
study and research can be counted toward the thesis-based M.S.
All students must accumulate at least 2 credits of
Faculty Adviser and Committee.
All students will find a faculty
adviser (by mutual consent) at the beginning of their first semester. With the
guidance of the faculty adviser, two other individuals will be appointed to
form the student's thesis committee. The committee oversees the selection of a
research project, judges the acceptability of the thesis, and conducts the
When a student is ready to begin a research
project, an outline of the proposed topic is presented during seminar to the
graduate faculty for approval. The deadline is midsemester of the student's
second semester as a full-time student. The student is expected to inform members
of the student's committee of the date and time of the research proposal.
The thesis must be approved by the director of the
student's research committee and then accepted by the other committee members.
The committee members shall have at least two weeks to review the thesis before
the oral exam. For May graduation, the oral presentation and exam must be
completed by mid-April. The thesis must be submitted online via the Electronic
Theses and Dissertations (ETD) system: https://etd.libraries.rutgers.edu/login.php.
The thesis deadline adheres to the same deadline as the Application for
Admission to Candidacy for Degree. This can be found by visiting https://graduateschool.camden.rutgers.edu/graduation.
Students should be sure to follow the guidelines set forth in the Thesis and
Dissertation Style Guide, which can be found at https://graduateschool.camden.rutgers.edu/graduation/masters-thesis.
Thesis Presentation and Final Examination. The thesis
presentation is given during the semester in which the student completed his or
her course of study. The presentation is open to the public and possibly
scheduled as a research seminar.
A diploma application must be submitted online in accordance with the
deadlines that can be found at https://graduateschool.camden.rutgers.edu/graduation.
The Application for Admission to Candidacy for Degree (side one) should be
completed by the candidate and submitted to the graduate director prior to the
examination. Application forms are available at https://graduateschool.camden.rutgers.edu/graduation.
The student must inform the graduate director of the intent to complete the
final examination. The examination must be completed in accordance with the
schedule established by the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School-Camden
and the chemistry program. In the event of an unfavorable decision, the
examination may be repeated twice.