2018 Best Schools for a Master's in Chemistry

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Our 2018 list of the best schools for a master's in chemistry is based on ratings and reviews from current students and alumni. Twenty schools made the list this year with the California Institute of Technology rising to #1. Other well-known colleges include Rice University, the University of Pennsylvania, Purdue, Duke, and the University of Iowa. There is a wide-range of tuitions on this list. Harvard, Duke, and Case Western Reserve occupy the pricier end of the spectrum, costing $42,874, $48,656, and $41,169, respectively. On the less expensive end, we have the University of Nebraska - Lincoln at $8,556, the University of Georgia at $10,750, and the University of Alabama at $10,170.

According to one of our student reviews, California Institute of Technology stands out because "you will get a job when you leave. You can work for almost any advisor, regardless of your enrollment option. Great faculty support to get out of your program in 5 years." Another student confirmed these statements, saying, “Excellent research institution. Research is relevant and interesting and applicable to today's needs. No other place can match the research at Caltech." Find the perfect program for you by clicking on the schools below to get more information and read more reviews.

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Rank College Campus Location 2018 Student Score
#1 #1 California Institute of Technology Campus Location Pasadena (CA) 2018 Student Score 94.48
#2 #2 University of California - Berkeley Campus Location Berkeley (CA) 2018 Student Score 92.22
#3 #3 Rice University Campus Location Houston (TX) 2018 Student Score 91.55
#4 #4 Duke University Campus Location Durham (NC) 2018 Student Score 90.83
#5 #5 University of Rochester Campus Location Rochester (NY) 2018 Student Score 90.00
#6 #6 University of Pennsylvania Campus Location Philadelphia (PA) 2018 Student Score 88.61
#7 #7 Columbia University in the City of New York Campus Location New York (NY) 2018 Student Score 88.06
#8 #8 University of Wisconsin - Madison Campus Location Madison (WI) 2018 Student Score 87.02
#9 #9 Georgia Institute of Technology Campus Location Atlanta (GA) 2018 Student Score 86.59
#10 #10 Auburn University Campus Location Auburn (AL) 2018 Student Score 86.46
#11 #11 Purdue University - Main Campus Campus Location West Lafayette (IN) 2018 Student Score 86.40
#12 #12 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Campus Location Lincoln (NE) 2018 Student Score 85.81
#13 #13 University of Iowa Campus Location Iowa City (IA) 2018 Student Score 85.16
#14 #14 University of Georgia Campus Location Athens (GA) 2018 Student Score 84.29
#15 #15 University of California - Los Angeles Campus Location Los Angeles (CA) 2018 Student Score 82.33
#16 #16 Harvard University Campus Location Cambridge (MA) 2018 Student Score 82.32
#17 #17 Case Western Reserve University Campus Location Cleveland (OH) 2018 Student Score 81.22
#18 #18 University of Alabama Campus Location Tuscaloosa (AL) 2018 Student Score 81.11
#19 #19 Temple University Campus Location Philadelphia (PA) 2018 Student Score 80.77
#20 #20 Louisiana State University Campus Location Baton Rouge (LA) 2018 Student Score 80.00


Our goal in presenting this school data is to create a standardized and trustworthy method to assess institutions based on reliable statistics. In order for a school to be eligible to be featured on a 2018 Top Programs List, at least five students from that particular degree program must have submitted feedback on their institution. Graduate Programs only considers regionally or nationally accredited, non-profit institutions for our rankings. Aggregated student rating values were multiplied by 20 to create a Student Score out of 100; in the event of a tie, schools were awarded the same rank value.

Together with our internal recommend rate data, which is calculated based on tens of thousands of student reviews submitted to our site, the data used in the school listings were gathered in 2016-2017 from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This site is the primary governmental entity for gathering and presenting data related to education. NCES data is updated annually. However, in many cases the most recently available data will not be for the current academic year. Additionally, tuition rates may vary by program, so prospective students should contact a representative from their institution of choice for more details.

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This indicates that a school has an annual tuition of $15,000 or less as reported to the National Center for Education Statistics or based on the school's website.