Master's Program

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We offer a Master of Science (MS) degree and a Master of Engineering (ME) degree in chemical and biological engineering. Students enrolled in these programs achieve 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.

Synopsis

Our MS degree, which is designed for those with prior Chemical Engineering training, may be completed by following one of three available tracks.
  • Track 1: Thesis (24 months long, research based)
  • Track 2: Project (24 months long, research based)
  • Track 3: Courses (12 months long, course based)

Our ME degree (18 – 24 months long) is a research based degree with an industrial focus. The degree is designed to accommodate both applicants with and without prior Chemical Engineering training, and may be augmented by following a recommended curriculum in one of three areas.

  • Biotechnology
  • Modeling, Simulation, and Informatics
  • Chemistry and Processing of Materials
     

To apply, please submit undergraduate and (where applicable) graduate grades. GRE and recommendation letters are not required but may be submitted if doing so will strengthen the application.

Program description

Our Master's degree programs require a combination of coursework and/or research for a total of 30 credit hours. MS and ME programs differ in requirements and duration.

Master of Science (MS)

  • Track 1 (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.
  • Track 2 (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.
  • Track 3 (Course-focused) 
    Enrolling in a course based MS allows a student to graduate with a 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)

Our Chemical Engineering Master of Engineering Degrees in specific course focus areas are designed to maximize student readiness for future careers by developing core competencies in specific areas of high student and industry interest. Students can choose one of three focus areas (reflecting current market demands) and achieve their training goals by enrolling in a coherent set of companion courses.

  • Course Focus in Biotechnology
    The Chemical Engineering ME with a course focus in Biotechnology is intended to train students for careers in biotech, pharmaceutical and other life sciences industries, such as manufacturing of biopharmaceuticals, diagnostics, tissue culture, agricultural products, and new food and energy sources. The job market demand for students with a background in biotechnology-related fields is expected to grow at an increased rate as companies continue to search for students with advanced training in these areas.

    The ideal student for this program will have a background or related coursework in chemical or a related engineering field, biomedical sciences and engineering, pharmaceutical sciences, chemistry, physics, or a related natural science field.

    Courses
Required:  
CE 517 Bioengineering Principles  Fall
CE 503/504 Culminating experience Fall/Spring 
Pick at least 4 courses from below:  
CE 508 Metabolic Engineering Fall
CE 550 Protein Engineering Fall 
CE 564 Tissue Engineering  Fall 
CE 5XX Bioprocessing Modeling  Spring 
CE 505 In vivo Molecular Imaging Spring
CE 547 Biochemical Engineering Spring 
Plus any additional remaining CE Electives   
  • Course Focus in Modeling, Simulation, and Informatics
    The Chemical Engineering ME with a course focus in Modeling, Simulation, and Informatics brings the digital and data revolution to chemical engineering. It is designed to train students in computational and data-driven research techniques used in virtual laboratories that are increasingly augmenting and even replacing traditional research in the chemical and materials domains. The corresponding skills – ranging from modeling and simulation to scientific scripting and programming to high-performance computing to big data analytics, machine learning, and informatics – are becoming vitally important in both academic and industrial settings.

    Industrial job opportunities are growing in chemical, pharmaceutical, and petroleum areas as well as in the technology, software, and information sectors. Government jobs are available at national laboratories and various government agencies.

    We seek to admit students to our Master’s program with backgrounds in chemical engineering, chemistry, physics, materials science and engineering, computational science and engineering, computer science and engineering, data science, applied mathematics, statistics,  bioinformatics, or a related engineering/natural science field.

    Courses
Required:  
CE 531 Mathematics and Computation Fall 
CE 551 Computer-Aided Research in the Chemical and Material Sciences  Spring
CE 503/504 Culminating experience Fall/Spring 
Pick at least 3 courses from below:  
CE 509 Transport Phenomena I Fall 
CE 561 Applied Chemical Kinetics I  Fall 
CE 620 High Performance Computing I  Fall
CE 530 Molecular Simulation Spring 
CE 5XX Bioprocess Modeling  Spring 
CE 621 High Performance Computing II Spring
CE 526 Statistical Mechanics Spring 
Plus any additional remaining CE Electives   
  • Course Focus in Chemistry and Processing of Materials
    The Chemical Engineering ME with a course focus in the Chemistry and Processing of Materials is intended to train students in the design and production of new materials, including polymers, biomaterials,  inorganic nanomaterials, catalysts, and complex formulations for applications ranging from biomedicine to energy.

    This course focus prepares students for job opportunities in industrial positions in production as well as in product and process development in the semiconductor, energy (e.g. batteries, photovoltaics), specialty chemicals, biomaterials, and consumer products industries.

    We seek to admit students to our Master’s program with backgrounds or related coursework in chemical engineering or a related engineering field, computer science, biomedical sciences, material sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, chemistry, physics, or a related natural science field.

    Courses:
Required:  
CE 540 Materials Principles  Fall
CE 503/504 Culminating experience Fall/Spring 
Pick at least 4 courses from below:  
CE 509 Transport Phenomena I Fall
CE 522 Electrochemistry, Energy, and Environmental Technologies  Fall
CE 535 Polymer Science and Engineering I Fall
CE XXX Principles of Nanosensors  Spring
CE 527 Colloid and Surface Phenomena Spring
CE 530 Molecular Simulation Spring
CE 534 Materials Science and Corrosion  Spring
CE 551 Computer Aided Research in the Chemical and Materials Sciences   Spring
CE 563 Heterogeneous Catalysis Spring
Plus any additional remaining CE Electives   

UB CBE Alumni Employers

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