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Master’s Degrees in Chemistry

2,360 Yearly Graduations
$62,800 Median Salary
$26,625 Median Debt
There are 323 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer a master's degree in chemistry. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were men, and 22% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 28.0% of chemistry graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Chemistry Majors

In 2018-2019, 2,360 earned their master's degree in chemistry. This earns it the #62 spot on the list of the most popular master's degree programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in chemistry at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 15,395
Doctor’s Degree 3,063
Master’s Degree 2,360
Associate’s Degree 1,199
Basic Certificate 97
Undergraduate Certificate 22
Graduate Certificate 20

Earnings of Chemistry Majors With Master’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in chemistry is $62,800. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $58,000 and the high is $67,600.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a master's degree in chemistry is $26,625. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $26,970 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $26,280.

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The median monthly payment of a chemistry graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $310.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue master's degrees in chemistry. About 54.4% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 1,285
Women 1,075
Gender Diversity of Master's Degrees in Chemistry

The racial-ethnic distribution of chemistry master’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 189
Black or African American 79
Hispanic or Latino 176
White 1,113
International Students 661
Other Races/Ethnicities 142
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Chemistry Master's Degree Students

There are 323 colleges that offer a master’s degree in chemistry. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan
75 Yearly Graduations
45% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for chemistry students seekinga master's degree is University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. Roughly 48,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,212 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $23,890 per year.

The chemistry program at University of Michigan - Ann Arbor awarded 75 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 45% of this group were women, and 17% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

University of California - San Diego

La Jolla, California
61 Yearly Graduations
38% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for chemistry majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of California - San Diego. Each year, around 38,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,442 per year.

The chemistry program at University of California - San Diego awarded 61 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 38% of this group were women, and 38% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota
58 Yearly Graduations
48% Women
5% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in chemistry. Each year, around 51,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,318 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,580 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 58 master's degrees were handed out to chemistry majors at UMN Twin Cities. Around 5% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 48% were women.

47 Yearly Graduations
36% Women
2% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Akron Main Campus comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in chemistry. Roughly 17,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,371 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,306 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 47 people received their master's degree in chemistry from University of Akron Main Campus. Of these students, 36% were women and 2% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

University of Oregon

Eugene, Oregon
39 Yearly Graduations
46% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for chemistry majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of Oregon. Each year, around 22,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,440 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,958 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 39 master's degrees were handed out to chemistry majors at UO. Around 18% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 46% were women.

#6

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
38 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of California - Los Angeles comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in chemistry. Each year, around 44,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,442 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 38 people received their master's degree in chemistry from UCLA. About 58% of this group were women, and 32% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

Georgia State University

Atlanta, Georgia
36 Yearly Graduations
44% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Georgia State University is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in chemistry. Roughly 35,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,158 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,164 per year.

The chemistry program at Georgia State University awarded 36 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 44% of this group were women, and 36% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York
33 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
3% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Cornell University comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in chemistry. Each year, around 24,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $56,550 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $29,500 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 33 master's degrees were handed out to chemistry majors at Cornell. About 52% of this group were women, and 3% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#9

Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey
32 Yearly Graduations
38% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for chemistry majors who are seeking their master's degree is Princeton University. Roughly 8,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $51,870 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $51,870 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 32 people received their master's degree in chemistry from Princeton. About 38% of this group were women, and 22% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#10

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland
28 Yearly Graduations
21% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Johns Hopkins University is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in chemistry. Roughly 27,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,350 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $55,350 per year.

The chemistry program at Johns Hopkins University awarded 28 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 21% of this group were women, and 25% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
27 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Pennsylvania comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in chemistry. Each year, around 26,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $51,156 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $36,254 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 27 master's degrees were handed out to chemistry majors at UPenn. Of these students, 52% were women and 33% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut
27 Yearly Graduations
48% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Yale University is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in chemistry. Roughly 13,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,500 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $43,300 per year.

The chemistry program at Yale University awarded 27 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 33% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 48% were women.

#11

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Wilmington, North Carolina
27 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of North Carolina at Wilmington is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in chemistry. Roughly 17,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,443 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $4,719 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 27 people received their master's degree in chemistry from UNCW. About 67% of this group were women, and 7% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida
27 Yearly Graduations
30% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for chemistry majors who are seeking their master's degree is Florida State University. Each year, around 42,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,640 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,684 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 27 people received their master's degree in chemistry from Florida State. Of these students, 30% were women and 30% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

The Graduate Center, CUNY

New York, New York
24 Yearly Graduations
38% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for chemistry majors who are seeking their master's degree is The Graduate Center, CUNY. Each year, around 8,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,930 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,930 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 24 master's degrees were handed out to chemistry majors at The Graduate Center. Around 25% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 38% were women.

23 Yearly Graduations
48% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Washington - Seattle Campus comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in chemistry. Roughly 47,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,370 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,198 per year.

The chemistry program at University of Washington - Seattle Campus awarded 23 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 48% were women and 26% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

St John's University - New York

Queens, New York
21 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for chemistry majors who are seeking their master's degree is St John's University - New York. Each year, around 21,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $41,378 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $28,569 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 21 master's degrees were handed out to chemistry majors at STJ. Of these students, 67% were women and 43% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama
21 Yearly Graduations
33% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for chemistry majors who are seeking their master's degree is The University of Alabama. Roughly 38,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,780 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,780 per year.

The chemistry program at The University of Alabama awarded 21 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 33% were women and 19% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#19

California State University - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
20 Yearly Graduations
65% Women
80% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California State University - Los Angeles comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in chemistry. Each year, around 26,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 20 people received their master's degree in chemistry from Cal State LA. Around 80% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 65% were women.

#19

University of Rochester

Rochester, New York
20 Yearly Graduations
35% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Rochester is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in chemistry. Each year, around 12,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,040 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $51,705 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 20 people received their master's degree in chemistry from University of Rochester. Of these students, 35% were women and 15% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to chemistry that offer master’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Physics 1,998
Geological & Earth Sciences 1,878
Materials Sciences 266
Atmospheric Sciences 238
Astronomy & Astrophysics 225

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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