The Master of Arts via the BA/MA program is an attractive option for current Wesleyan science majors to enrich their course and research background. The program has a strong research orientation. It also includes course work, seminars, and, in some cases, teaching. A student hoping to enter this program will be expected to declare the intention to do so early enough in his/her undergraduate career to permit the design of an acceptable program with a research advisor. Students are advised to begin research no later than their junior year if they intend to pursue the BA/MA. Admission is competitive and based on GPA, faculty recommendations, and research experience. Students apply in their senior year and if accepted, can continue for one year beyond the bachelor's degree with the goal of completing the master's degree requirements in one additional year. The MA year is tuition free. [wesleyan.edu/grad/degree-programs/bama.html]
The Chemistry Department may grant the degree of Master of Arts to students in the Ph.D. program who do not complete the Ph.D.
Students in the BA/MA or terminated Ph.D. programs are required to earn a minimum of 6.0 credits in order to fulfill the requirements of the master's degree. The minimum 6.0 required credits must include at least 2.0 total credits of Advanced Research, at least two 1.0 credit chemistry elective courses at the 300-level or higher, two semesters of upper-level seminars (CHEM547/548, CHEM557/558, or CHEM587/588), and two semesters of the departmental colloquium (CHEM521/522). Students may petition to have an advanced elective course(s) from another department count toward their two 300-level chemistry elective courses.
All degree-seeking graduate students are required to register for at least one credit in each semester that they are enrolled in the university.
Progress and Qualifying Exams
Students in the terminated Ph.D. program are not required to have passed a specified number of progress examinations in order to complete the master's degree. Students in the BA/MA program are not required to take progress examinations.
Teaching is not required as part of the BA/MA program, however many students in the BA/MA program choose to contribute to the department to build their pedagogical skills as teaching assistants (TA's). Students in a terminated Ph.D. program have the same teaching responsibilities as those in the Ph.D. program.
As outlined above, students in both the BA/MA and terminated Ph.D. programs are required to enroll in 1.0 credits of advanced research each semester.
Thesis and Defense
An oral defense of the master's thesis before their committee is required for successful completion of the master's degree for both BA/MA and terminal MA students. A final, open seminar to the department and broader community is not required for the master of arts degree.
For additional information, please visit https://www.wesleyan.edu/chem/graduates/index.html