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Chemical and Life Sciences (CLFS)   

Program Title and Classification

Chemical and Life Sciences

Graduate Degree Program

College: Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences


The Master of Chemical and Life Sciences is an online content-based masters program for high school science teachers that provides in depth knowledge of current research areas in the biological, biochemical and biomedical sciences. The courses cover subject matter as diverse as genetic engineering and gene therapy to chemistry, ecology and the concepts of biocomplexity. University faculty who are experts in the field will lead discussion sessions on topics of current interest with significant social impact. Topic examples include the positive and negative aspects of genetically engineered foods and their safety , the development of new energy sources and the ethical and moral issues involved in cloning and the handling of genetic information. The program also provides a set of laboratory experiences that facilitates the presentation of many of these concepts in the classroom. Aside from the laboratory experiences, all courses will be offered exclusively through distance education as online courses. Our infrastructure provides a web based asynchronous program. Teachers who desire to update and advance their knowledge or who must complete an advanced degree or graduate courses, will find that this program meets their needs. In addition to our general program we offer focused Areas of Concentration in Biology and in Chemistry. During the course of studies towards a degree students may earn Credentials by taking a series of focused courses.

Admissions Information

General Requirements:

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation (none)
  • CV/Resume
  • Supplementary Application
  • Science undergraduate degree: The undergraduate degree must be in biological science, chemistry, biochemistry or science education
  • Teaching Experience: The applicant must demonstrate one year minimum teaching experience

Application deadlines:

• Fall: July 27

• Winter: November 8

• Spring: January 31

• Summer: May 9

Admission Information for the Master of Chemical and Life Sciences can be found here: UMD cannot issue the immigration documents necessary for international students to study (F1 or J1 student visas) in this program. International students who currently reside in the U.S. on existing visas may apply. Eligible international students have additional requirements per the Office of International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS). Additional requirements can be found here:

In addition to a suitable undergraduate education and experience admission to the degree program requires the successful completion of either CLFS 510, Concepts of Modern Biology, or CLFS 520, Concepts in Modern Chemistry, gateway review classes; or a passing grade of B or better on either of the admissions exams based on CLFS 510 and CLFS 520. Suitable GRE scores will also be accepted to satisfy admission requirements (GRE scores are not required!). Upon application and the submission of documentation all applicants will be granted Provisional Admission to the program while they satisfy other admission requirements.

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website:

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant FallSpring
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
26 July / Winter Admission deadline: 8 Nov31 Jan / Summer Admission deadline: 9 May
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
26 July / Winter Admission deadline: 8 Nov31 Jan / Summer Admission deadline: 9 May

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Master of Chemical and Life Sciences (M.C.L.F.S.)

Total CreditsCore Requirements

Non-thesis only (scholarly paper required): 30 credits

CLFS 710: Experimental Biology (6 credits)

CLFS 608: Graduate Seminar in Chemical and Life Sciences (3 credits)

Course selection (21 credits)


Students with a thorough and up to date understanding of biology or chemistry, and who are admitted without condition*, may elect to take the appropriate Admission Exam. The Admission Exams are generally based on the content of CLFS 510, Concepts in Modern Biology or CLFS 520, Concepts in Modern Chemistry. Students who feel that they can benefit from a review may take CLFS 510, Concepts in Modern Biology or CLFS 520, Concepts in Modern Chemistry. A passing grade (B) on either the Admission Exam or CLFS 510/520 is sufficient for admission to the MCLFS program as a degree-seeking student. *Students with undergraduate grade point averages below 3.0, who have not previously demonstrated superior performance in graduate courses, will be required to take CLFS 510 or CLFS 520. (Note: as a 500-level course this cannot be used to meet the credit requirements of the MCLFS program.) Students may take individual courses in the MCLFS program as Advanced Students. Up to 12 credits may be taken in this way. A maximum of six credits from other institutions may be transferred in with approval of the Director. (See: Transfer Form) The program's curriculum consists of 30 credit hours selected from the list below (not including CLFS 510 or CLFS 520). Included in the 30 hours are 6 credits of CLFS 710, Experimental Biology, or CLFS 720, Experimental Chemistry, or the equivalent, and the completion of a scholarly paper. No more than six hours of CLFS 608 Seminar credits may be counted towards the required 30 credits.




Dr. Bretton W. Kent, Director

3142 Plant Science

University of Maryland

College Park MD, 20742

Telephone: 301-405-3125


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