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Master of Science (M.S.) in Medicinal Chemistry

The Master of Science degree (M.S.) in Medicinal Chemistry provides advanced training in synthetic organic chemistry, chemical biology, and scientific writing.

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Effective Fall 2022

M.S. Program Overview


Classroom lectures and hands-on research training in faculty laboratory


Students able to attend classes on KU's Lawrence, Kansas campus, seeking advanced training for academic and/or professional advancement.

Standard KU Graduate Admission Requirements

Students must meet all requirements for Graduate Admissions.


Previous Degree Requirement

B.S. or M.S. degree in pharmacy, medicinal chemistry, chemistry, biochemistry, or a closely-related field

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. 

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Scores

  • GRE General Test is recommended but not required.
  • GRE scores should be sent directly to the University of Kansas and to the Department of Medicinal Chemistry (codes: KU-6871, Medicinal Chemistry - 0621). 
  • Although not mandatory, applicants are encouraged to also take the subject test in chemistry.

English Proficiency Requirements

Non-native English speakers must demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing and listening via English Proficiency Scores from the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE test. See KU's English Proficiency Requirements for detailed information, including minimum score requirements. Request that the testing agency send your official scores directly to KU (codes: KU-6871, Pharmacy-47).


  • 30 total credit hours (grade of C or better, with overall GPA of at least 3.0)
  • 14 credit hours - Core coursework in medicinal chemistry and organic chemistry
  • 16 credit hours - Research thesis
  • See Courses - M.S. for detailed information about required coursework.


  • Thesis committee formed
  • Faculty advisor and the thesis committee monitor progression of research project and final thesis presentation/defense


  • Original laboratory research in a Medicinal Chemistry faculty member’s group is an essential component of the on-campus master's program.
  • Research activity comprises 16 credit hours toward degree
  • Students may request specific faculty member
  • Laboratory assignment based on mutual agreement and research interest
  • Faculty members help with general questions and help guide research

Time to Complete 

  • Program typically completed in two years
  • Lecture courses should be completed within three semesters to allow time to focus on research project and thesis in year two
  • Thesis submission typically occurs during the end of the spring or summer semester of the second year
  • Degree must be completed within 10 years from initial enrollment

Financial Aid

Master's students are responsible for their own tuition, fees and living expenses. For information about federal financial aid, visit KU Financial Aid & Scholarships.


Director of Graduate Studies Course
Mark Farrell
Assistant Professor

Graduate Student Recruiting Application

KU Graduate Admissions