Master's Program

student examining chemicals in a bottle

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. 

Program Highlights

  • Curriculum: Tailor your studies to match your interests and career objectives with the department’s broad selection of graduate courses.
  • Experiential Learning Opportunities: Develop domain expertise through hands-on research.
  • World-class Faculty: Work with renowned teacher-scholars.  
  • Facilities: Utilize cutting-edge research and teaching lab facilities.
  • Engineering Clubs: Get involved in stuent organizations, such as the Chemical and Biological Engineering Graduate Student Association.
  • Successful Alumni: Join our network of accomplished alumni who have gone on to highly successful careers in academia and industry.  
  • Affordability: Save on tuition. The cost of attending UB is significantly less than at many other comparable public and private universities.
  • Job Placement: Graduates of our programs are employed at companies and universities across all major research sectors both in the US and around the world, including:

UB CBE Alumni Employers

  • BD
  • Corning Incorporated
  • ExxonMobil
  • Fresenius Kabi USA
  • Praxair
  • The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
  • Trinseo
  • Xerox
  • Zodiac Aerospace
  • Amgen
  • Asterias Biotherapeutics
  • Baxter International Inc.
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • ConocoPhillips
  • DuPont Industrial Biosciences
  • Eversource Energy
  • Ford Motor Company
  • GE Oil & Gas
  • Godrej Industries Limited
  • Graphene Devices Ltd
  • Herbalife
  • Hydratight
  • IBM T J Watson Research Center
  • Intel Corporation
  • LightLab Asia/ Sweden AB
  • MacroGenics, Inc
  • Milwaukee Tool
  • Nitto Americas
  • Olin Corporation
  • Pfizer
  • Renewable Energy Group, Inc.
  • Research and Development, Aspen Technology
  • Sherwin Williams
  • Tate & Lyle
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • UPL Limited (formerly known as United Phosphorus Ltd.)
  • Wells Fargo
  • Xerox

Current areas of research

Research areas

  • Biomedical engineering, drug and gene delivery, vaccine development
  • Biochemical engineering, metabolic engineering, protein engineering
  • Systems bioengineering, genomics, proteomics, and glycomics, and bioinformatics
  • Cell and tissue engineering
  • Nanomaterials, biomaterials, assembly of nanostructures, membranes, colloidal and interfacial phenomena
  • Advanced electronic, photonic, polymeric, and energy storage materials
  • Multi-scale modeling, molecular simulation, computational chemistry, statistical physics and thermodynamics
  • Materials informatics, machine learning, data-drivenmaterials discovery and design

MS and ME degree requirements

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.

Masters degree programs list

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.