Chemistry Program College of Arts and Sciences University of San Francisco

Chemistry Program College of Arts and Sciences University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
February 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
1 Degree Offered
degrees offered


The College of Arts and Sciences Adheres to USF's Jesuit Values of Global Justice and Educational Excellence

Six academic schools and colleges comprise the University of San Francisco, including the College of Arts and Sciences, which is home to about 3,000 undergraduate and 650 graduate students. In all of its programs of study, USF strives to foster educational excellence and to promote justice at all levels of society. Accordingly, students and faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences have received recognition and made a number of positive contributions to the local and global communities.

Many of the college's programs involve travel to developing nations, environmental projects, and scientific research that makes an impact in accordance with USF's Jesuit heritage. The Jesuit tradition, combined with the university's motto, "Educating hearts and minds to change the world," emphasizes well-rounded academic preparation that equips students to use their education for the benefit of the world around them.

USF's Master of Science in Chemistry Program Emphasizes Research and Student-Faculty Interaction

There are fourteen master's degree programs within the University of San Francisco's College of Arts and Sciences, including a number of programs in the natural sciences. One such program is the Master of Science in Chemistry. Unlike some master's programs, USF's chemistry program focuses on hands-on laboratory research and emphasizes the importance of studying with full-time faculty members.

Chemistry master's students enter the program in a particular research area. There are seven research areas for students to choose from: analytical chemistry, biochemistry, bio-organic chemistry, computational chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry. Students researching in each area form research groups, and students work with advisers to develop research and study plans for the completion of the degree. Research is carried out at USF's state-of-the-art chemistry facilities, including computational chemistry and electrochemistry facilities.

USF Offers Full Tuition Scholarships to All Admitted Chemistry Graduate Students

The chemistry master's program at USF qualifies graduates to enter professional research positions in cutting-edge industries, teaching positions at the middle and high school levels, and to pursue further graduate study at the doctoral level. USF graduates have entered doctoral and professional programs at such prestigious institutions as Duke University, Georgetown University Medical School, and Yale University Medical School. Additionally, former USF chemistry graduate students have accepted positions in state governments, pharmaceutical companies, and hospitals.

The chemistry master's program at the University of San Francisco offer generous financial aid options to admitted graduate students. All admitted chemistry students receive full tuition scholarships, and the majority of students also receive teaching assistantships with stipends, with a limited number of research assistantships available as well.

More information is available about the College of Arts and Sciences and applying online, as well as information for international graduate students.

The Bay Area Provides Cultural and Professional Opportunities to University of San Francisco Students

The University of San Francisco is a Jesuit Catholic university of approximately 9,000 graduate and undergraduate students. Situated in a residential neighborhood of San Francisco, USF is located appropriately for both serious study and recreation in the Bay Area. San Francisco has a rich historical and cultural tradition, and is home to such landmarks and attractions as the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Chinatown.

In the surrounding region of California, USF students can visit unique landscape like Napa wine country and the Point Reyes National Seashore. San Francisco is also a center of commerce and business, which gives USF students access to internships and professional opportunities, both while they study and after they graduate.

Location & Contact

Chemistry Program

College of Arts and Sciences
University of San Francisco

2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117-1080
United States

Dr. Tami Spector

Faculty Director

Phone: 415-422-6157
Fax: 415-422-5157

Mark Landerghini

Information Contact

Phone: 415-422-5101
Fax: 415-422-2217

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Chemistry Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 2
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


11% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 27
    • Accepted 3
    • Acceptance Rate 11
    • Enrolled 2
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $55
    • Application Fee - International $65
    • Electronic applications accepted? Not Reported
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline February 1st Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 15th Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test, GRE Subject Test, BS in chemistry or related field
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesNot Reported

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 2
    • Types of financial support availableTuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Institutionally-sponsored Loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students9
    • Female Percentage56%
    • Male Percentage44%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students9
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino0%
    • Black / African American14%
    • White / Caucasian71%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian14%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown1%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty2
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage0%
    • Male Percentage100%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchOrganic photochemistry, genetics of chromatic adaptation, electron transfer processes in solution, metabolism of protein hormones
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$75,000