Academic Programs Catalog

College of Engineering

Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Graduate Study
Chemical Engineering - Master of Science

Emphasis in the graduate programs in chemical engineering is placed upon a fundamental approach to chemical engineering principles and the applications of chemistry and advanced mathematics. Selected topics in chemical engineering are developed from a fundamental viewpoint, with opportunity for study and research in such areas as process design; thermodynamics; chemical reaction engineering; mass, heat, and momentum transfer; separations; polymers and composite materials; nanomaterials; and biochemical and biomedical engineering. The department has three primary thematic areas: energy and sustainability, nanotechnology and materials, and biotechnology and medicine.

Master of Science

In addition to meeting the requirements of the University and of the College of Engineering, students must meet the requirements specified below.


An applicant for admission to the master's degree program in chemical engineering must hold a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering or a related field and must have a grade–point average that would indicate success in graduate study.

International applicants must submit their scores on the Graduate Record Examination General Test.

Students who are admitted to the program with a bachelor's degree in a field related to chemical engineering will be required to complete the following collateral courses, in addition to the courses that are required for the master's degree:

CHE 432 Process Systems Control 3
CHE 433 Process Design and Optimization I 3
CHE 804 Thermodynamics and Kinetics in Chemical Engineering 3
CHE 805 Transport and Separation Processes 3
Equivalent undergraduate–level chemical engineering courses may be substituted for Chemical Engineering 804 and 805.  

Requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering

The students must complete a total of 30 credits for the degree under Plan A (with thesis) or  Plan B (without thesis), and meet the requirements specified below. Students in Plan A must complete a minimum of 20 credits at the 800-level or above. Students in Plan B must complete a minimum of 18 credits at the 800-level or above. Courses at the 400-level are acceptable as long as the minimum credit requirement is met at the 800-level. Courses below the 400-level are not acceptable.

Requirements for Both Plan A and Plan B:  
1. Core Courses.  All of the following courses (15 credits):  
  CHE 801 Advanced Chemical Engineering Calculations 3
  CHE 802 Research Methods 3
  CHE 821 Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 3
  CHE 822 Advanced Transport Phenomena 3
  CHE 831 Advanced Chemical Reaction Engineering 3
2. Supporting Courses.  Six credits in courses outside the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science  approved by the student's academic advisor.   

Additional Requirements for Plan A

  1. Complete 6 credits of CHE 899 Master’s Thesis Research
  2. Additional elective credits as approved by the student’s academic advisor.

Additional Requirements for Plan B

  1. Complete 6 to 9 credits in a coordinated technical minor as approved by the student’s academic advisor.
  2. Pass a final examination, oral or written, given by the student’s academic advisor.