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Master's in Biotechnology and Chemical Science [Chemical Science] (MS)

College of Arts and Sciences

The Master of Science in Biotechnology and Chemical Science (BTCS) prepares students for work in a variety of professional settings, including the food science, cosmetics, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, or for academic research and graduate study. The program is appropriate for students holding a baccalaureate degree in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, or related sciences, or for those who have taken the prerequisite undergraduate courses. Chemical Science is one of four tracks within the program.

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Location: Chicago, Schaumburg
Start Term: Fall, Spring
Program Type: Master's

The chemical science track within the MS in Biotechnology and Chemical Sciences incorporates the complementary disciplines of biology, chemistry and biochemistry, all within the same integrated department. In this 36-credit-hour program, students will have access to high-quality courses, faculty and lab facilities as they gain advanced training in the field of chemistry.

The program will prepare students for further study toward a doctoral degree and for employment in industrial and academic laboratories in the Chicago area and worldwide.

Joshua Telser
, Program Director

Expectations & Requirements


The objectives of the biotechnology and chemical science master's degree programs are to provide practical laboratory skills and a strong conceptual foundation, as well as to prepare students for the application of these skills in the workplace. Students in the program receive:

  • Theoretical and practical training through a rigorous, flexible and broad-based graduate curriculum including chemistry, biology, biochemistry, biopharmaceutics and/or management coursework
  • Direct experience with laboratory techniques and research methods used in the commercial and academic research settings
  • Advising and mentoring from experienced faculty from across the University
  • Academic, volunteer, research and/or internship opportunities that enhance students' skills and prepare them to advance in their chosen field

Sample Courses

  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Bioinorganic Chemistry
  • Instrumental Analysis
  • Protein Structure Determination


Career options include: PhD programs and academic research in chemistry-related science fields; employment in research and technical positions in local/regional pharmaceutical, cosmetics and food science companies; college/university science teaching; regulatory science and compliance.

More Opportunities

Clubs & Activities

Natural Science Club, American Chemical Society, Internships


"My master’s degree from Roosevelt included training on chemistry lab techniques including HPLC, GC-MS, FT-IR and NMR, and helped me develop knowledge that applies directly to current industry practice. Overall, it’s been a very pleasant experience."

Hetul Patel - MS '16
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  • Online Application
  • $40 Application Fee
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities within the United States. Coursework completed outside the U.S. requires a Foreign Credential Evaluation to be submitted.
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • Letter of Intent outlining your personal and professional goals, why you are interested in this program, and how it will help you achieve your goals
  • One letter of recommendation required for review. May submit up to two letters of recommendation.
  • Official GRE scores are recommended for this program
  • English Language Proficiency: All international students and individuals who completed a degree program outside the United States are required to meet this requirement.