May 30, 2023
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This unique Master’s degree program is among a very few such programs offered in the United States. It is designed to prepare students with undergraduate credentials in chemistry, polymers, or engineering in the increasingly important polymers and coatings technology field. This curriculum is designed to build on undergraduate chemistry expertise to provide candidates with broad experience in polymers and coatings technology. This program offers specialized courses in polymers important to coatings technologies used in commercial, consumer, medical, and advanced materials industries. These courses are designed to provide fundamental, applied, and advanced knowledge of coatings and related materials. Laboratory courses help develop skills related to processing and testing such materials and using advanced instrumentation. Optional research courses provide unique research experiences in working on real-world projects mentored by faculty. These experiences provide suitable training to enter Ph.D. programs. Program faculty all have industrial experience and enjoy national recognition. Graduates are sought by industries and institutions throughout the United States and enjoy outstanding employment and career opportunities.
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This is a designated STEM program (See OPT Extension).
Admit Terms and Deadlines
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; students may start the program in the Fall or Winter. See Application Deadlines.
Minimum Graduate School Requirements
For full admission, applicants must have 1) Earned a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution, 2) a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program. Conditional admission may be available to applicants who do not meet minimum admission requirements.
Applicants must also meet the following program requirements. Requirements may be more stringent than the minimum graduate school requirements.
- Submit a Personal Statement
- Possess an ACS-approved Bachelor’s degree in chemistry (minimum 24 hours in chemistry), or equivalent
- Completed one year of physical chemistry
- Completed one year of organic chemistry
- Completed an instrumentation class
Your application will be submitted using EngineeringCAS, a Centralized Application Service (CAS) hosted by Liaison. After reviewing the admission requirements, please review the application instructions and select the appropriate application below.
Domestic Applicants Within the application, follow the instructions to submit an official transcript from all previously attended institutions.
International Applicants Before applying, applicants must review the international application/process deadlines at emich.edu/international as they may differ from general program requirements.
For additional information regarding the application process, please see Graduate Admissions or International Admissions.
Degree Requirements: 33 hours
The MS program in Polymer Technology requires completing 33 hours of coursework to be distributed among required and restricted elective courses.
Required Courses: 9 hours
Restricted Electives: 24 hours
Select 24 credit hours from the following list. Listed courses may require prerequisites. Please contact a program advisor for assistance enrolling in these courses.
Critical Graduation Information
Each graduate student is responsible for fulfilling the requirements or equivalents of the Eastern Michigan University catalog in force at the time of their initial registration or a subsequent catalog, including the one in effect at the time of their graduation.
Master’s degree requirements must be completed within six (6) years of first enrollment in the master’s degree program.
In the event a student does not complete the master’s degree requirements within six years of the date of their original registration, the student may be required to have their credits re-evaluated by the academic department(s) of their degree in keeping with catalog requirements in force during the year of their graduation.
The following are minimum requirements for all master’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some programs require more than the minimum in one or more areas below.
- A master’s degree must require a minimum of 30 credit hours.
- No more than six credits of independent study courses and no more than 12 credit hours of special topics and independent study courses combined may be applied to a graduate degree.
- Residency Requirement:
- For students admitted to master’s degree programs of 36 or fewer required hours, at least 24 new graduate hours beginning the semester of acceptance and enrollment into the degree program must be earned at EMU. The remaining program requirement hours may be met through transfer or prior degree credit (EMU or elsewhere).
- For students admitted to master’s degree programs of 37 or more required hours, at least 30 new graduate hours beginning the semester of acceptance and enrollment into the degree program must be earned at EMU. Minimum degree hours must still be met for graduation. The remaining program requirement hours may be met through transfer or prior degree credit (EMU or elsewhere).
- Residency and enrollment in multiple programs: Students enrolled in multiple master’s/specialist degree programs must have 24 unique credit hours in each degree program.
- Only credits from one completed graduate certificate may be applied to a master’s or specialist degree in a relevant field of study, as determined by the Graduate School and with the approval of the degree-granting academic department, and be included in the residency hours above.
- Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA in all graduate-level courses taken at EMU and in their program of study to remain in good academic standing and be eligible for graduation. Students do not need to be registered for classes during the semester of graduation.
- The Graduate School does not permit the use of undergraduate courses (499 and below) to meet degree requirements on graduate programs of study.
- Some master’s programs require a thesis; others require a special project or internship; others require students to pass a final exam. See the Graduate School website for Thesis and Dissertation Manuals, all forms, and information about research and human subject approval. Every completed thesis or dissertation must be submitted to Digital Commons. Any form of graduate student work submitted to Digital Commons must first be approved by a faculty advisor and the Graduate School.
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