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We offer a Master of Science (MS) degree and a Master of Engineering (ME) degree in chemical and biological engineering. These programs reflect mastery of core and specialized areas of chemical engineering, as well as the ability to conduct research on a well-defined problem formulated by the student's faculty advisor.
To complete an MS or ME application, please submit undergraduate and (where applicable) graduate grades. GRE and recommendation letters are not required but applicants are encouraged to submit them if doing so will strengthen their applications.
Our master's degree programs require a combination of coursework and/or research for a total of 30 credit hours. We offer several of Master of Science (MS) and Master of Engineering (ME) programs that differ in requirements and duration.
Research-based Master of Science (MS)
MS with Thesis
This program provides students with rigorous hands-on training in the areas of their choice. Completing the degree typically takes two years, including class work, during which time the students participate in original research under faculty advisement as part of a research group. The study culminates in a public defense and a written thesis that is submitted to a thesis committee for approval and published in the national MS thesis repository.
MS with Project
MS with Project also provides students with rigorous hands-on training in the areas of their choice as part of a research group. The degree typically takes two years to complete and requires a public defense attended by a committee but does not require publication of a written thesis in the national MS thesis repository. Instead, a written project report is submitted to the faculty advisor for final approval.
Course-based Master of Science (MS)
Enrolling in a course based MS allows a student to graduate with Master’s degree in 12 months (e.g. fall, spring, and summer). This degree option may be appropriate for those who require accelerated learning of a broad range of topics within the chemical engineering discipline either to achieve career advancement or to complement other advanced degrees, e.g. in business, law, or medicine.
Master of Engineering (ME)
Students enrolled in our ME program participate in lab based learning and obtain practical knowledge through applied research. ME allows greater flexibility in terms of designing a curriculum and may thus appeal to those with prior training in non-engineering disciplines. The degree may be completed in 18 – 24 months and may include a semester of internship offsite, depending on availability. ME students submit a written report to their faculty advisor at the conclusion of their studies.
For more detail on the coursework component of the program, please see our list of graduate courses for descriptions of individual courses available within the department.