MS in Chemistry Online: Medicinal Plant Chemistry Focus

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With the addition of NEW coursework recently developed by the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, WPI’s MS in Chemistry online with a Medicinal Plant Chemistry focus is one of the few graduate programs available in the United States where one can receive an advanced degree specializing in plant-based chemistry. At a time when professionals with plant-based chemistry coursework are in high demand, this student-centric, non-thesis program offers participants the opportunity to devise an individualized course plan that will enable them to obtain the knowledge and skills they desire to excel in careers of modern, plant-based chemical industries.

The combination of convenient online programming in science and business, as well as optional on-site laboratory courses, will poise graduates to take on a wide range of leadership and entrepreneurial roles in the private sector, such as pharmaceuticals (e.g., medicinal cannabis), fragrances, and cosmetics.

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Learning Outcomes for Master’s in Chemistry Online with a Medicinal Plant Chemistry Focus

By the end of this program, students will be able to:

  • Integrate fundamental, functional, and applied knowledge of plant-based medicinal compounds in their role as a professional scientist.
  • Demonstrate expertise in modern techniques for natural product isolation, characterization, and analysis.
  • Foster leadership and interpersonal skills required to excel in a diverse life science company.

Admissions Qualifications for the Master’s Online in Chemistry with a Medicinal Plant Chemistry Focus

A B.S. degree with demonstrated proficiency in chemistry or biochemistry is required for entrance to Chemistry and Biochemistry graduate programs, or other relevant background or experience that provides students with the pre-requisite knowledge in general and organic chemistry, biochemistry and biology.

A BA degree will also be considered if the applicant has the appropriate math & science coursework.

For specific application requirements, visit our admissions for online programs page.

If you do not have a bachelor's degree, please view our list of undergraduate programs.

Medicinal Plant Chemistry at WPI with Anita Mattson

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Program Requirements

The student is required to complete a minimum of 30 graduate credit hours. 

Credits should be distributed as follows:

  • At least 15 credits in CBC courses (CH/Chemistry, BB/Biology, BCB/Bioinformatics).
  • A maximum of 10 credits in electives in areas of engineering, science, management or mathematics. 
  • Online students will take additional CBC coursework to reach 30 credit total

The following 3-credit Chemistry courses are offered online:”
CH 520.  Cell Signaling
CH 536.  Theory and Applications of NMR Spectroscopy
CH 538.  Medicinal Chemistry
CH 542.  Drugs in the Brain
CH 545.  Plant Natural Products
CH 554.  Molecular Modeling
CH 555.  Drug Regulations
CH 555.  Current Trends in Biologics
CH 555.  Drug Safety and Regulatory Compliance


To find the next offering of online Chemistry courses, visit the Registrar’s site.

To view a course description, visit the Graduate Catalog.

Subject to change based on availability.  

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