School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies


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"My years at Queen’s have left me with nothing but good memories. It was a great experience, a great city and a great education. It was a solid foundation to launch a career. I wouldn’t be where I am today had I not chosen Queen’s.”

Will N. Rogers, Ph.D., 1980, Research Manager, Imperial Oil

A Master’s in Chemistry is a versatile degree that has provided me with the analytical and critical thinking skills that are requisite to success in my future career as a lawyer.”

Kasia Donovan, M.Sc., 2019, J.D. Candidate

Within the Stuttgart/Queen’s double Master’s program I had the opportunity to conduct research at two different institutions and make valuable connections.

Matthias Hermann, M.Sc., 2017, Ph.D. Candidate

Program Contact

Michelle Boutilier
Graduate Assistant
Chernoff Hall
90 Bader Lane. Kingston, ON, Canada K7L 3N6

Phone: 613.533.2616












Program Overview

A degree from Queen’s Department of Chemistry is highly regarded and an important consideration in today’s competitive science and technology job market. Our $56 million state of the art building is home to the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance facility and its eight high-field instruments, an on-site Mass Spec facility with four mass spectrometers, an X-ray diffractometer, a CFI-funded facility for materials characterization and more unique equipment in faculty labs.


Students can conduct front-line, industrially-relevant research in analytical, inorganic, organic, physical, polymer, and theoretical chemistry and take part in interdisciplinary research in such areas as environmental, molecular modeling for drug design and various forms of spectroscopy. Our Chemistry Innovation Council, made up of industry and government leaders, advise students about career opportunities and help you establish contact with potential employers. Our students collaborate frequently with Environmental Studies, Engineering, Physics and other departments. Travel opportunities are available case by case. There is also the opportunity to get a dual degree in MSc in Chemistry with the University of Stuttgart.

Career paths – employment opportunities

Graduates from our programs have found work in universities and such leading companies as GlaxoSmithKline, IMSE, Maxxam, Apotex, Ingenia and others, in positions such as:

  • Research chemist
  • Research engineer
  • Scientist
  • Technical Leader
  • ICP Analyst
  • Professor
  • Post-doctoral fellow
Degrees Offered/Method of Completion

Degrees Offered

M.Sc. and M.A.Sc.: 2 years

Ph.D.: 4 years

Method of Completion

M.Sc. : Course work, thesis

Ph.D.: Course work, research thesis, comprehensive oral exam, research seminar

Fields of study and Supervisors

To be considered for admission, submit a letter of intent and/or contact potential supervisors directly. Accepted domestic students must have a potential faculty supervisor in place before registering. International students must have a potential faculty supervisor interested in their Letter of Intent before applying.

Biological Organic Chemistry: Chantelle Capiccciotti, Andrew Evans, Graeme Howe, Donal Macartney, Anne Petitjean, Avena Ross, David L. Zechel

Computational/Theoretical Chemistry: Natalie M. Cann, Tucker Carrington, Jr., Farnaz Heidar-Zadeh, Nicholas Mosey, Andrew Evans

Environmental/Analytical Chemistry: Diane Beauchemin, Amanda Bongers, R. Stephen Brown, Gregory Jerkiewicz, Philip G. Jessop, Hans-Peter Loock, Richard Oleschuk, Zhe She

Materials/Polymers Chemistry: Cathleen M. Crudden, Simon A.M. Hesp, Gregory Jerkiewicz, Guojun Liu, Peng Want, Suning Wang

Funding, Academic Prerequisites & Deadline

Funding Information

MSc: minimum $26,000 per year comprised of graduate awards, research fellowships, and research and/or teaching assistantships. Funding is guaranteed for 2 years at the MSc level.

PhD: minimum $27,060 per year comprised of graduate awards, research fellowships, and research and/or teaching assistantships. Funding is guaranteed for 4 years at the PhD level.

Students who hold an external/internal scholarship or award will receive a top-up in addition to the minimum amount.

Academic Prerequisites

M.Sc.: 4-year honours Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in chemistry or a related science e.g. biochemistry, chemical physics, materials science or chemical engineering with a minimum second class standing (B+, 75-79%, 3.3 GPA). Previous research and teaching potential, as evidenced by publications, conference presentations and/or undergraduate teaching experience will also be taken into consideration.

Ph.D.: M.Sc. or equivalent in chemistry. Direct entry to Ph.D. for students without a M.Sc. is available with exceptional grades and significant research experience.

Students registered in our Master’s program who show exceptional promise and have a first-class standing may be admitted to the doctoral program without completing the requirements for the master’s degree.

Grades of all four years are considered. Emphasis is placed on the final years and on evidence of improvement.

Test Requirements

For international students, if required, a TOEFL total score of at least 580 (paperbased) or TOEFL iBT minimum scores of: writing (24/30); speaking (22/30); reading (22/30); listening (20/30), for a total of 88/120. Applicants must have the minimum score in each test as well as the minimum overall score.

Key Dates and Deadlines

Application Deadline: February 1st for International applicants; Flexible deadline for Domestic applicants.

We encourage international students to apply early.

Notification of Acceptance: Domestic students are notified on an ongoing basis as their applications are reviewed. International students are notified at the end of March.

Dual MSc Degree Program – Stuttgart/Queen’s

The Stuttgart-Queen's Dual Master's Degree Program enables students from both Queen's and Stuttgart the opportunity to acquire a Master of Science - Chemistry degree from Queen's and a Master of Science - Chemie degree from Stuttgart simultaneously. The program is divided into stages, and is to be completed in two (2) years.

Each university may send up to five (5) students to be enrolled on a full-time basis at the other institution. Students will be nominated based on academic merit, past work and extracurricular experiences, as well as a demonstration of strong motivation to participate in the program.

Student's interested in participating in the Dual Master's Degree Program should contact their home institution's Chemistry/Chemie department.

New Fast Track to Masters – combined BScH/MSc (Biology)

The Department of Chemistry offers a combined program of BScH/MSc (Chemistry). This program offers an opportunity for students in the 4th year of their Honours or Specialization program (Chemistry) to take up to 4 - 1.5 unit modules (or the equivalent of two term courses) in Chemistry at the graduate level which would then allow these students to enter the graduate program with advanced standing. Research begun in the summer of their third year and/or their 4th year thesis project could be carried forward as a foundation for the graduate thesis, which would create an opportunity for exceptional students to complete the graduate degree within 4 to 5 terms.

Admission to the combined program is a two-step process:

Step 1:

Students who are entering their 4th year of the Honours or Specialization program in Chemistry and have a minimum A- (A minus) average will have the option to apply for admission to the combined program (permission to take graduate level courses) in the winter term of their 3rd year. All applications will then be reviewed by the undergraduate chair. If accepted into the combined program, in Year 4 of the BSc (Honours or Specialization) program students will be permitted to take up to four 1.5 unit graduate modules (or equivalent of two term courses) for a maximum total of 6 unit credits towards 12 unit credits that are required for the MSc degree.

Step 2:

For admission to the MSc program in Chemistry with advanced standing, students will be expected to complete the standard SGS application process, have an overall B+ or higher in the undergraduate degree, and have demonstrated significant research productivity in the 4th year thesis project. In order for the student to be granted advanced standing in the MSc degree program, they must have received a final grade of at least B- (B minus) in the graduate course(s) taken during the 4th year and meet all other requirements for admission to the MSc program in Chemistry.

Expected Start Date: It is expected that students officially start the MSc degree program in May of their 4th year.

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