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Chemistry (MSc)

Chemistry (MSc)

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Our Master of Science (MSc) program in Chemistry covers the traditional and modern disciplines of chemistry and biochemistry. The research conducted by our expert faculty is interdisciplinary in nature, and enriched by close collaboration between research groups within and outside the department.

Our strength is in our relatively small and well-integrated department, which provides you with a strong education in modern aspects of chemistry and biochemistry, as well as experience in cutting-edge research combined with close mentoring from faculty members.

When you graduate from our program, you’ll be an independent scientist ready to meet the challenges of our contemporary global society. You can also continue your studies towards a professional degree, or a PhD degree at Laurier or another postsecondary institution.

Program Structure

Our MSc in Chemistry is a 24-month, full-time program.

Students must defend a thesis based on original research. They are also required to complete two or three half-credit courses, one of which can be from another graduate program at Laurier, and four half-credit research seminar courses. In the seminar course, students must present at least one seminar based on their thesis research. Other seminars are presented by faculty and invited speakers.


More information can be found on the International Applicants page.

Contact Us:

General Inquiries


Jane Davidson, Administrative Assistant

T: 519.884.1710 x2148

Lillian DeBruin, Graduate Coordinator

T: 519.884.1710 x3599


  • Winners of major external awards (OGS, QEII and Tri-Council) may be eligible for top-up funding which includes the Dean’s Graduate Scholarship (total value exceeds $20,000). 
  • Eligible domestic students admitted to study on a full-time basis receive a minimum of $23,500 a year. This support may be comprised of teaching assistantships, internal/external scholarships, and/or faculty-funded studentships or research assistantships.
  • A list of all funding opportunities available to Laurier graduate students, including information about OGS, QEII and Tri-Council, is available on our graduate funding webpage.

Research Focus

The research in our faculty spans a wide range of interests, from biophysics of biomolecular interactions to environmental chemistry to organic and inorganic synthesis, and from structural analysis and chemistry of molecules in living cells to preparation of nanocomposite materials for applications such as sensors or catalysts.


  • A BSc (honours) with a major in chemistry, or a related program.
  • A minimum B average over the last two years of full-time undergraduate study.
  • Applications are reviewed by the graduate program committee, which considers all prior university grades, a statement of research interests and letters of reference.
  • Contact a prospective adviser prior to submitting your application.


As a graduate of Laurier’s master’s program, you’ll have many diverse career opportunities in the field of chemistry, such as:

  • research or lab technologist
  • lab instructor or technologist in academia
  • biotechnologist
  • high school teacher
  • industrial chemist

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