Study with us
The Department of Chemistry provides a close-knit, multicultural environment in which graduate students can thrive both personally and academically. As one of the largest research-focused departments at the University of Manitoba, we take pride in providing our students with the tools and knowledge to participate in inspiring research projects and access our unique research facilities.
Participate in a broad spectrum of research
Our research areas include:
Explore our world-class facilities
We host a variety of state-of-the-art instrumentation facilities and our highly skilled staff are available for service to researchers, students and the industrial community, including:
- Manitoba Chemical Analysis Laboratory (MCAL)
- Manitoba Institute for Materials (MIM)
- Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Lab
- MALDI Mass Spectrometry Facility
- Centre for Oil and Gas Research and Development (COGRAD)
Discover our scholarships, awards and other financial supports
Graduate students play a central role in both the research and teaching activities of the Department of Chemistry. To allow graduate students to focus on their important work, we provide an annual stipend for all students admitted to our program. This financial support is guaranteed, provided the student continues to make satisfactory progress in their program.
Learn more about graduate student financial support.
Get involved in community outreach
The Department of Chemistry is actively involved in community outreach, offering magic shows, field trip destinations and early learning classroom visits from scientists. Students are encouraged to take advantage of volunteer opportunities and participate in outreach events.
Learn more about Chemistry's community involvement.
The Department of Chemistry offers programs of study leading to a Master of Science degree in Chemistry.
Expected duration: 2 years
The Chemistry (MSc) program consists of a combination of coursework and a thesis component.
Tuition and fees: One year’s tuition, then continuing fees in subsequent years (refer to Graduate tuition and fees)
In addition to the minimum course requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, found in the Graduate Studies Regulations Section, students must:
- Complete a ACS placement test
- Complete 9 credit hours of study including:
- CHEM 7900 (Seminar)
- Two CHEM courses at the 7000 level
- Complete and successfully defend a thesis
Colloquium: A weekly colloquium is given by members of staff or external invited lecturers. All graduate students are expected to attend the colloquia.
Sample course offerings
- CHEM 7400: Topics in Biochemistry
- CHEM 7410: Spectroscopy and Molecular Structure
- CHEM 7550: Design of Organic Synthesis
- CHEM 7520: Topics in Physical Chemistry
- CHEM 7560: Organometallic Chemistry
- CHEM 7580: Chemical Crystallography
- CHEM 7600: Topics in Inorganic Chemistry
- CHEM 7700: Topics in Analytical Chemistry
- CHEM 7800: Topics in Theoretical Chemistry
- CHEM 7900: Seminar in Current Research Issues in Chemistry
For a full list of courses and descriptions of each, please visit the Academic Calendar.
The following are minimum requirements to be considered for entry into the program. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
Admission decisions are based on the qualifications of the applicant as well as the ability of the Department of Chemistry and the University of Manitoba to serve the applicant’s intended program of study and area of specialization.
To be considered for admission to the Chemistry (MSc) program, you must have a minimum of a four-year undergraduate degree in chemistry, biochemistry or a related field (or equivalent).
In addition to the admission requirements described here, all applicants must meet the minimum admission and English language proficiency requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
How to apply
The Master’s in Chemistry program accepts applications for Fall, Winter and Summer entry. Applications must be completed online and include several parts:
- $100 application fee (non-refundable)
- Unofficial copies of transcripts and degree certificates
- Supervisor support
- Two letters of recommendation (must be requested from within the application)
- Proof of English language proficiency, if required
Please read the Faculty of Graduate Studies online application instructions before beginning your application.
Choose a supervisor before you apply
Chemistry MSc and PhD programs are research-intensive and because of this, applicants are required to select one of our faculty members to be their supervisor and preside over an applicant’s program before they are accepted for admission. See Applying for graduate studies for full details.