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Chemistry (MSc)

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Master of Science (MSc)
Program type
Primary campus
Loyola (LOY)
2 years
45 credits
Start term
Fall, Winter, Summer

Program overview

The Master of Science in Chemistry provides you with research options in numerous areas of growing importance such as: materials chemistry, medicinal chemistry, genomics, protein structure and nanoscience. Chemical sciences are fundamental in today’s world, impacting every aspect of our society from health to the environment. Our internationally renowned faculty will help you attain your research goals and you will have access to our specialized research centres and state-of-the-art facilities. Master’s students who wish to continue their academic training may transfer to the PhD program, with approval from the Graduate Studies Committee.

Program structure

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 45 credits.

Please see the Chemistry Courses page for course descriptions.

Chemistry MSc (45 credits)

6credits of courses listed under the Chemistry MSc Topics Courses List, in the general field of the student's research project
3credits of courses listed from the Chemistry MSc Topics Courses List, outside the field of the student’s research project (acceptable to the supervisory committee)


CHEM 655 Master’s Research and Thesis (33.00)



CHEM 666 MSc Seminar (3.00)

Note: With permission from their supervisory committee, students are allowed to take graduate level courses from other departments relevant to their research problems, as partial fulfillment towards their degree requirements.

Topics in Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry

CHEM 610 Selected Topics in Analytical Chemistry (3.00)
CHEM 611 Advanced Bioanalytical Chemistry (3.00)
CHEM 612 Analytical Separations (3.00)
CHEM 614 Modern Aspects of Mass Spectrometry: Metabolomics and Proteomics (3.00)

Topics in Bioorganic and Organic Chemistry

CHEM 620 Selected Topics in Organic Chemistry (3.00)
CHEM 621 Physical Organic Chemistry (3.00)
CHEM 623 Modern Aspects of Practical Mass Spectrometry (3.00)
CHEM 625 Nucleic Acid Chemistry (3.00)
CHEM 626 Reactive Intermediates (3.00)
CHEM 627 Supramolecular Chemistry (3.00)
CHEM 629 Polymer Chemistry and Nanotechnology (3.00)

Topics in Physical Chemistry

CHEM 630 Selected Topics in Physical Chemistry (3.00)
CHEM 631 Computational Chemistry (3.00)
CHEM 633 Quantum Mechanics in Chemistry (3.00)
CHEM 635 Interfacial Phenomena (3.00)
CHEM 636 Molecular Modelling of Proteins (3.00)
CHEM 638 Physics and Chemistry of Solid State Electronic Materials (3.00)

Topics in Bioinorganic and Inorganic Chemistry

CHEM 640 Selected Topics in Inorganic Chemistry (3.00)
CHEM 643 Organometallic Chemistry (3.00)
CHEM 645 Bioinorganic Chemistry (3.00)
CHEM 646 Industrial Catalysis (3.00)
CHEM 647 Solar Energy Conversion (3.00)

Topics in Multidisciplinary Chemistry

CHEM 650 Selected Topics in Multidisciplinary Chemistry (3.00)
CHEM 651 Nanochemistry (3.00)
CHEM 652 Nanomaterials Characterization (3.00)
CHEM 658 Aquatic Biogeochemistry (3.00)
CHEM 666 MSc Seminar (3.00)

Topics in Biochemistry

CHEM 670 Selected Topics in Biochemistry and Biophysics (3.00)
CHEM 674 Chemical Ecology (3.00)
CHEM 676 Structure and Function of Biomembranes (3.00)
CHEM 677 Enzyme Kinetics and Mechanism (3.00)
CHEM 678 Protein Engineering and Design (3.00)

Topics in Instrumentation

CHEM 690 Selected Topics in Instrumentation (3.00)
CHEM 691 Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (3.00)
CHEM 692 Experimental Protein Chemistry (3.00)

Admission requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Honours or specialization degree in chemistry or biochemistry or its equivalent.
  • Comparable qualifications in related areas such as biology or physics may also be acceptable.
  • Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.

Application process

Application deadlines


June 1 (Canadian resident)
February 1 (International)


September 1 (Canadian resident)
June 1 (International)


February 1 (Canadian resident)
November 1 (International)

Priority will be given to complete applications submitted by the deadline. In some cases, programs may continue to accept applications as long as there is space available.

International students: Considering the waiting period involved in meeting the entry requirements to Canada and Quebec, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply early and submit supporting documents prior to the deadline.

Tuition & funding

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees of the program may depend on your student status, among other key factors. Estimate these costs based on the most common situations.

Awards and funding

Funding packages are generally available for students in thesis-based programs. They come in the form of awards, teaching and research assistantships are offered at the time of admission to most students to allow them to focus on their research and studies. Research and thesis-based students are automatically considered for all entrance graduate awards when they apply to Concordia, provided they meet eligibility criteria. No separate application is required.

The Quebec and Canadian governments offer a number of competitive graduate scholarships. We encourage you to apply for these awards at the same time you are preparing your application.

Out-of-province students

Get $9,251 in special funding for thesis master's programs. Learn more

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