The ME program in Chemical Engineering emphasizes upper-level course work in Mathematics and the core Chemical Engineering sub-disciplines of Thermodynamics, Heat and Mass Transfer, Fluid Mechanics, and Kinetics, as well as specialized elective courses in areas such as Materials Science, Nanotechnology, Energy Technology, Complex Fluids, inter alia. In addition, all Master’s students are required to complete a research project under the supervision of a member of our faculty.
The Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering requires completion of 31 credits of graduate courses, seminar, and research. Required courses for the ME degree in Chemical Engineering (31 credits total):
All of the following Core courses: 10 credits
- CHE I0000: Seminar (1 credit)
- ENGR I1100: Introduction to Engineering Analysis (3 credits)
- CHE I2800: Advanced Chemical Thermodynamics (3 credits)
- CHE I3300: Advanced Chemical Reaction Engineering (3 credits)
At least two of the following Core courses: 6 or 9 credits
- CHE I9100 or ENGR I9100: Mass Transfer (3 credits)
- ENGR I0800: Foundations of Fluid Mechanics (3 credits)
- ME I3400: Advanced Heat Transfer (3 credits)
One of the following Research options (see Note below): 0, 3 or 6 credits
- CHE I9700: 0-credit research project
- CHE I9800: 3-credit Master’s project
- CHE I9900: 6-credit Master’s thesis
The balance of your 31 credits will consist of Graduate-level electives in Chemical Engineering or a related discipline, as recommended by your Academic Advisor or Research Advisor. Elective course offerings vary from year to year. Please consult the Graduate Bulletin to see descriptions of courses offered in recent years.
Note about the Research Requirement – All Master’s students are required to meet with members of the Chemical Engineering Department's faculty to identify an appropriate research project. Your research project advisor will then also become your Academic Advisor, and suggest elective courses you should take related to your research project. The three different research options listed above allow students the choice of either focusing on intensive research or pursuing extra course work.
- The deadline to apply for admission in the Fall is May 1.
- The deadline to apply for admission in the Spring is November 15.
All application materials MUST be in by the deadline.
Students with a baccalaureate degree in Chemical Engineering or a related field may be admitted to our Master’s program. In general we require:
- Minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 (“first class with distinction,” where applicable)
- Minimum GRE scores of 146 verbal, 155 quantitative
- Minimum TOEFL score, if applicable, of 79 (ibt)*
*TOEFL scores are NOT required from students from countries where English is the official language, or who have attended college for a minimum of two full years at an institution in a country where English is the official language.
In addition, all applicants must submit
- Minimum of two letters of recommendation from faculty or supervisors familiar with your academic or professional work
- Personal statement explaining why you are interested in pursuing a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering.
Program Online Application (use for both spring and fall applications)
All incoming Master’s students should make an appointment to meet with the Academic Advisor for the Master’s Program during the Registration Period before their first semester in the Program to ensure that they follow the required sequence of courses. In addition, all Master’s students are encouraged to meet with all members of the Chemical Engineering Department faculty early on to identify possible research projects. Then the project mentor may recommend elective courses for the student to take in connection with this research.
Prof. Carol Steiner
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