2017 Top Schools for a Master's in Chemistry

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Our list of the top 11 schools to earn a master's degree in chemistry was created using current and former student reviews. This list includes some big-name, prestigious, and private universities such as Columbia University in the City of New York and Purdue University - Main Campus, as well as public universities with somewhat lower price tags such as the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Florida International University. All four of these schools boast a 100% recommendation rate from students.

Florida International University students were pleased with the quality of the chemistry department's professors. One student remarked that the faculty members are “very supportive” and that they are also “always willing to help in professional matters.” Echoing these sentiments, another student wrote, “FIU's research faculty are at the top of their respective fields. It was enlightening to learn from and work with these faculty members.” Click the names of the colleges below to read additional reviews and learn more about our top-ranked graduate schools for chemistry.

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Rank College Campus Location 2017 Student Score
#1 #1 California Institute of Technology Campus Location Pasadena (CA) 2017 Student Score 90.67
#2 #2 Columbia University in the City of New York Campus Location New York (NY) 2017 Student Score 85.83
#3 #3 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Campus Location Lincoln (NE) 2017 Student Score 85.57
#4 #4 University of Wisconsin - Madison Campus Location Madison (WI) 2017 Student Score 82.70
#5 #5 Purdue University - Main Campus Campus Location West Lafayette (IN) 2017 Student Score 82.25
#6 #6 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Location Seattle (WA) 2017 Student Score 79.84
#7 #7 University of Iowa Campus Location Iowa City (IA) 2017 Student Score 78.82
#8 #8 Florida International University Campus Location Miami (FL) 2017 Student Score 76.25
#9 #9 Case Western Reserve University Campus Location Cleveland (OH) 2017 Student Score 74.19
#10 #10 Louisiana State University Campus Location Baton Rouge (LA) 2017 Student Score 68.57
#11 #11 Boston University Campus Location Boston (MA) 2017 Student Score 64.78


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 2017 Top Programs List, at least ten students from that particular major 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 your 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.