Jul 15, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

Chemical Engineering, M.S.Ch.

College of Engineering  
Department: Chemical, Biological, and Materials Engineering 

Also offered as a Bachelor’s/Master’s Pathways  


Major Research Areas:
The departmental faculty research and development interest cover a broad range of areas in reacting systems, thermodynamics, transport phenomena, systems engineering and characterization, all fundamental as well as applied in biomedical, materials including microelectronic, and environmental domains. Strong collaboration with the College of Medicine, Center of Microelectronic Research, as well as, Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Industrial Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science and Engineering makes most majors in Chemical Engineering truly interdisciplinary.

The Department offers core courses in thermodynamics, transport phenomena, reacting systems, math, and process analysis and modeling. A rich variety of electives are available regularly within the department as well as the University. Departmental research facilities include modern laboratories for polymer synthesis and characterization, supercritical fluid technology, life sciences, process control, instrumentation, computer aided process design, and phase behavior.

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • An undergraduate Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering or closely related field (e.g. biomedical engineering, materials science and engineering,chemistry, physics, etc.) 
  • Two (2) letters of reference; and
  • Statement of research interests if considering a thesis.

Curriculum Requirements

Total Minimum Hours: 30 Credit Hours Post-bachelors

  • Core Requirements – 6 Credit Hours
  • Additional Course Requirements – 6 Credit Hours
  • Electives - 18 Credit Hours
  • Thesis Option (6 hours in lieu of 6 hours of electives)

Core Requirements (6 Credit Hours)

Additional Course Requirements (6 Credit Hours)

Electives (18 Credit Hours Minimum)

Electives are selected in consultation with the Graduate Director.

  • Other 5000 or 6000 course or ECH 6907 Independent Study - Variable Title  Credit hours: 1-19
  • Additional approved 5000 or 6000 ECH courses Credit(s): 12
  • Or other graduate course approved by the Graduate Director
​Must have a minimum of 16 hours at 6000 level
Must have a minimum of 12 hours of ECH 6000 level
May include a maximum of 4 hours of Independent Study

Thesis Option (6 Credit Hours Minimum)

At least two (2) members of the Thesis committee must be from tenured or tenure track Departmental faculty. Thesis hours taken in lieu of six (6) Credit hours of electives.

Comprehensive Exam

All thesis option students are required to present their research and submit a thesis as part of their comprehensive examination.

All non-thesis option students are required to pass a department exam modeled on the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination offered by the Society of Professional Engineers.

Bachelor’s/Master’s Pathway

Also available as a Bachelor’s/Master’s Pathway  

Continuation to Ph.D. Program

Students wishing to continue on for a Ph.D. must apply to the Office of Graduate Studies.