Welcome to the Master of Science Programs in
Chemistry & Biochemistry

Student Researchers in the Lab

This page contains basic information about our MS programs. For the most current official information about degree requirements and regulations concerning graduate study, please consult the current University Catalog or the program pages for the Masters of Science in Chemistry or Masters of Science in Biochemistry. If you have questions about our MS programs that are not answered below, please don't hesitate to write or call Dr. Li (Chemistry Graduate Adviser) or Dr. Weers (Biochemistry Graduate Adviser) for more information. We also urge prospective students to make an appointment to visit our department and speak with our graduate advisers in person.



Why Pursue Master's Degree Studies in Chemistry or Biochemistry?



An individual holding a master of science degree usually enjoys the following advantages over a chemist with a bachelor's degree:



Why Pursue Your Graduate Study at Long Beach?



Since the inception of the CSU Long Beach master's programs, approximately half have gone on to Ph.D. programs in chemistry or biochemistry, roughly half of which are now college and university professors. In addition, many of our MS graduates go on to pursue careers in industrial settings or pursue professional school studies in the medical sciences. We offer a strong program and have an excellent record of success among our former students. The objectives of the master's programs in Chemistry & Biochemistry are:
Most importantly, our department highly values both advanced academic coursework for graduate students and novel scientific research. We have a wide array of instrumentation and facilities available to our graduate students, and we are proud of the diverse range of active areas of research pursued in our department including


Associateships/Assistantships



The department offers several teaching associate positions and graduate and research assistantships each semester for students pursuing a graduate degree in chemistry or biochemistry. Partial tuition scholarships are available for out-of-state students.




Applying for Admission to the Graduate Program



For the most current official information about degree requirements and regulations concerning graduate study, please consult the current University Catalog. If you have any questions about our program, do not hesitate to write or call one of the Graduate Advisers, Dr. Li or Dr. Weers, for more information. We also welcome you to make an appointment to visit our department and to speak to one of the graduate advisers in person. All MS applicants must apply to BOTH the University and to our department, as follows:

1. To apply to University Enrollment Services, complete the following steps:

2. To apply to Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, complete the following steps:

Deadlines for application submission are June 1 for fall semester admission (April 1 for international students) and November 1 for spring semester admission (October 1 for international students). There may be earlier deadlines for international students; please consult with the Office of International Admissions. Those who wish to be considered for financial support by our department have the best chance if they apply by March 1 (for entry in the fall) or November 1 (for entry in the spring).

Biochemistry Graduate Advisor: Dr. Paul Weers paul.weers@csulb.edu 562-985-4948

Chemistry Graduate Advisor: Dr. Lijuan Li lijuan.li@csulb.edu 562-985-5068