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College of Science

Rigor and Relevance

IIT College of Science is located in world-class Chicago, the third largest U.S. city. Graduate students from throughout the world access the resources of a major research university with the collaboration and personal attention usually associated with a small, private institution of higher education.

At the heart of our education is discovery—research that changes how we look at our world and expands our knowledge of worlds beyond our own. The college's research endeavors are grounded in basic principles and modern technology, with a special emphasis on interdisciplinary inquiry and collaboration.

Our departments cultivate a sense of community. You will work closely with your advisor. Our programs are rigorous, giving you a rock-solid foundation in the discipline, and they're relevant, giving you context in which the knowledge might be put to real-world use. This unique combination will have special value not only in addressing known problems but also equipping you to face the unknown problems of the future.

You will graduate with relevant skills and the broad worldview required to create meaningful change—whether you go on to a career in research or in the private sector.

Creating Connections and Access

The College of Science has forged strong connections and networks with internationally renowned area labs, including Argonne National Laboratory and Fermilab, as well as other leading research institutions throughout the U.S. and across the globe. You will have access to a world-class accelerator and leading-edge computer and other research and scholarly facilities, and to the R&D at Fortune 500 companies headquartered in Chicago, when you work with our faculty.

Small College, Unparalleled Research Access

Innovation and discovery are at the heart of what we do and teach. Our faculty collaborate on, as well as lead, research initiatives at international sites including CERN and Daya Bay, and our students work in major research instrumentation and computation facilities.Our students and faculty are currently working on research initiatives that include:

  • Cancer therapeutics
  • Mathematical finance
  • Big data, cloud computing
  • Digital humanities
  • Materials synthesis and characterization
  • Fundamental and applied accelerator physics
  • Neutrino science
  • Structural biology and biophysics

Graduate Degree Programs

The College of Science delivers superior educational and research opportunities through master (professional degrees), master of science (research degrees), and Ph.D. programs, as well as certificate programs.

Master's Degrees

Master of Applied Mathematics
Master of Artificial Intelligence
Master of Biology
Master of Chemistry
Master of Computer Science
Master of Cybersecurity
Master of Data Science
Master of Health Physics
Master of Health Physics Specialization in Radiological Security, Emergency Preparedness and Response (RSEPR) 
Master of Health Physics with Specialization in Radiochemistry
Master of Materials Chemistry
Master of Mathematical Finance (with IIT Stuart School of Business)
Master of Telecommunications and Software Engineering (with Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Master of Science Degrees

Master of Science in Analytical Chemistry
Master of Science in Applied Mathematics
Master of Science in Applied Physics
Master of Science in Biology
Master of Science in Chemistry
Master of Science in Computational Decision Science and Operations Research
Master of Science in Computer Science
Master of Science in Computer Science/Master of Chemical Engineering
Master of Science in Molecular Biochemistry & Biophysics
Master of Science in Physics

Doctoral Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Mathematics
Doctor of Philosophy in Biology
Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry
Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science
Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular Biochemistry & Biophysics
Doctor of Philosophy in Physics

Certificates and special programs are offered in many areas. Programs in Food Safety and Technology are offered through the Institute for Food Safety and Health.

Graduates to Whom Attention is Paid

After they graduate, College of Science graduate students go on to work for major research institutions, colleges, and national laboratories, pursue additional advanced degrees, and are offered professional positions in business and industry.

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