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Masters degree program at DePaul University.

Modern coatings, the products of a $10 billion industry in the United States, protect and beautify our surroundings. The need for improved products, concern for their effects on the environment, and the need to conserve petroleum resources present new challenges to the coatings industry and new opportunities for chemists trained in coatings technology.

DePaul University is one of only four institutions in the United States offering graduate study in the coatings field. The program began in 1985, and six to eight students graduate from it each year.

Program Objectives

The main objectives of the program are twofold: To satisfy the demand for technical professionals in the coatings industry at an advanced level, and to provide an opportunity for Bachelor of Science level coatings chemists in the Chicago area to enhance their knowledge and skill for improved levels of performance and advancement in salary and rank.

Expert Faculty

The Department of Chemistry at DePaul University has nine full-time faculty and has been offering courses in polymer chemistry since 1971. Coatings chemists from local industries teach the specialized courses.

Professional Endorsement

The Coatings Technology Program at DePaul University has received the endorsement and active support of the Chicago Society for Coatings Technology and the Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology.


Admission Requirements

The program requires graduate admission to DePaul University. Candidates should have earned the Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry or its equivalent. The 12-course curriculum (44 quarter hours) will require about nine quarters of evening study. Required courses include five advanced courses in Organic, Inorganic and Physical Chemistry; three courses in Polymer Chemistry (Synthesis, Characterization, and Physical Chemistry), and four courses in Coatings Technology, two of which are Coatings Laboratories.

All graduate courses are taught in the evening, with labs on Saturday morning. Students may enroll in Coatings and Polymer courses as non-degree students to enhance their knowledge.

The specific schedule of courses taken will depend upon when the program is started, when the courses are offered, and the student's personal preference regarding sequencing and course loads.


For additional information, contact Dr. Gregory B. Kharas, Chemistry Dept., DePaul University, 1036 W. Belden Ave., Chicago, IL 60614; 773-325-7367, 773.325.7420 (sec); 773-325-7421 (Fax),;
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Date:Feb 1, 2004
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