In consultation with the research advisor, an Advisory Committee consisting of the research advisor and two additional faculty members (all of whom must be members of the Graduate Faculty) must be chosen by the end of the second semester in residence to develop a Program of Study for the student.

The Program of Study must contain at least 30 semester hours of resident coursework, including:

  1. at least 3 semester hours of Master's Thesis (CHEM 7300), 
  2. no more than 6 hours of thesis research (CHEM 7000),  
  3. 1 hour of graded seminar (CHEM 81X0), and
  4. at least 12 hours of graded (non-S/U) coursework not including research.

This Program of Study must be submitted to the Graduate Program Administrator by the end of the third semester in residence. The specific choice of classes to be included on the Program of Study is determined by the student in consultation with the research advisor, and must be submitted to the student's Advisory Committee for approval. The graded coursework must be in classes open only to graduate students. Students can thus fulfill the 30-hour resident coursework requirement by taking four 3-hour graded (non-S/U) graduate courses + 1 hour of seminar (CHEM 81X0) (= 13 hours of graded coursework) plus 6 hours of CHEM 7000 and 11 hours of CHEM 7300. Students in consultation with their Advisory Committee may substitute graded graduate coursework beyond the required 12-hour minimum or S/U-graded seminar coursework (CHEM 81X0) for up to 8 hours of CHEM 7300 provided that the 30-hour resident coursework requirement is maintained.