Master of Science in Chemistry (MSc)
Our Department of Chemistry offers a graduate program that provides students with diverse opportunities across the subdisciplines of analytical, biochemical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry. Students who successfully complete the program will achieve a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree.
The specific research interests of our full-time and adjunct faculty members include:
- Electrochemistry and surface analysis
- Material science
- Pulp and paper research
- Organometallic chemistry and catalysis
- Organic synthesis
- Aqueous silicon chemistry
- Environmental and medicinal chemistry
It normally takes two years to complete the program requirements, which include term courses that are tailored to meet the student's needs and interests; a research-based thesis project supervised by one or more of the faculty members; and two Departmental research seminars.
Some important points regarding graduate level research within the Department of Chemistry:
- The excellent faculty-to-graduate student ratio ensures a strong interaction between graduate students and members of the Department
- Extensive funding from government granting agencies [e.g., Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI)], private industry, and Lakehead University has contributed to the tremendous expansion in research infrastructure available to researchers and graduate students in the Department
- Several members of the Department of Chemistry and their graduate students collaborate with various companies and agencies, including Bowater Pulp and Paper Canada and the Northwestern Ontario Regional Cancer Centre
- Many successful M.Sc. graduates from the Department of Chemistry at Lakehead University go on to pursue Ph.D. studies at other universities
NOTE: Students in this program must complete all requirements within six terms (2 years) of continuous registration.
Applicants for admission must be graduates of a recognized university, college, or institute as well as show evidence of scholarly achievement. Except where otherwise stated in the Admission Requirements of a particular program, degree students must have a four year bachelor's degree or its equivalent with at least second class standing (B) based on their last 20 half courses or equivalent.
An applicant holding a degree other than one in the discipline area to which admission is sought will be considered on the basis of courses taken and academic standing. A Qualifying Year at the undergraduate level may be required to meet the admission standards. Courses taken as part of a Qualifying Year can not be used as credit towards a graduate degree.
Meeting the minimum requirements does not necessarily guarantee admission. No candidate will be admitted unless the academic unit recommends admission. All applicants will be advised by the Office of Graduate Studies in writing of their admission status.
Although applications are accepted on a continual basis, to be considered in the initial Admission & Funding decisions for the Fall (September) semester, you are encouraged to apply by FEBRUARY 1.
Interested students are encouraged to contact potential supervisors directly and before submitting an application for graduate study.
The first step in the application process is to complete the online graduate studies application form.
After you have submitted the online form along with the required $100 CAD application fee, you will be provided with an online account where you can complete the remaining steps of the application process which include uploading the required supporting documents and monitoring the status of your application.
After you have applied
After you have submitted the online application form, you will be provided with instructions by email on how to log in to myinfo, where you will be able to review and upload the remaining and required supporting documents.
- An electronic reference form will be automatically sent by email to the references you identify on the graduate studies application form
- This form is requested in support of the applicant's ability to undertake advanced study and research
- For a list of program specific documents, please see this program's Additional Application Information section (if required, see above)
- For information about English test results, please see our Calendar