Chemical Engineering, MSCHE
The Master of Science in Chemical Engineering is normally pursued by students with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering or closely allied fields. Students wishing to pursue the master’s degree but with undergraduate educational backgrounds other than chemical engineering may be required to complete supplementary undergraduate course work. These courses are in addition to the minimum course requirements. Students enrolled in the program are encouraged to seek guidance from their instructors and advisor regarding additional course work that may supplement the graduate curriculum.
Students originally admitted to the master’s degree program who wish to switch to the PhD program must petition the associate chair for graduate studies and follow the procedure detailed under the Administrative Procedure Section for the College of Engineering. If admission is granted, then the student must satisfy all the requirements of the doctoral degree program, including the requirements for doctoral candidacy.
A minimum of 32 semester hours of academic work is required to qualify for the Master of Science degree in chemical engineering.
If pursuing a thesis option, at least 8 semester hours of thesis credit must be included as part of these 32 semester hours of credits. In addition, each student pursuing a thesis option must enroll in the department’s seminar course for each semester they are matriculating toward their degree. Students enrolled in the department’s seminar course are encouraged to participate in the seminar by providing a research presentation regarding their research project under the guidance of their advisor. The faculty advisor and the student establish the sequence of courses that students take to pursue the Master of Science in Chemical Engineering. Full-time Master of Science degree students who complete the required 8 semester hours of thesis work (Thesis (CHME 7990) ) are required to register for Thesis Continuation (CHME 7996) each semester until their thesis is completed. Note that although no credits are associated with Thesis Continuation (CHME 7996) , a student registered for this course is considered full-time.
If pursuing a nonthesis option, students must complete a minimum of 32 semester hours of course work and no enrollment in the seminar course is required. See required core courses and example elective courses for all graduate students.
Students pursuing a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering with thesis must submit to the Graduate School of Engineering a written thesis that is approved by the thesis committee and department chair. See the graduate school requirements and electronic submittal instructions. MS with thesis students must also complete an oral master’s thesis defense in order to successfully complete the program. The student will be expected to form a master’s thesis committee, composed of a minimum of three members—one who is the advisor, one other faculty member from the chemical engineering department, and one member from outside the department. The oral presentation will be open to the public, including students, faculty, and the candidate’s committee.
Part-time students may progress according to their plans and time constraints but within the seven-year time limit. A minimum of 32 semester hours of academic course work is required for part-time students. The thesis and seminar course are not required for part-time students pursuing a master’s degree.
Master of Science students wishing to change their status from part-time to full-time must notify the chemical engineering department and make a formal petition to the Graduate School of Engineering. Refer to the regulations of the Graduate School of Engineering for further information on academic administrative policies.
Departure Prior to Thesis Completion
Occasionally, students have left the chemical engineering department prior to completion of all degree requirements. In such instances, longtime intervals have often elapsed before thesis or manuscript submission. Accordingly, the department has adopted the guideline that a student cannot submit a thesis for credit beyond three years after the student stops actively pursuing the research. Exceptions may be granted upon petition to the departmental graduate committee. Petitions must demonstrate extenuating circumstances and prove that the research is still of value to the profession.
|Degree Requirements||Thesis Option||Nonthesis Option|
|Required core courses||16 SH||16 SH|
|Master of Science thesis||8 SH||N/A|
|Elective courses1||8 SH||16 SH|
|Minimum semester hours required2||32 SH||32 SH|
Students may complete a maximum of 8 semester hours (thesis option) or 12 semester hours (nonthesis option) of course work for credit outside the Department of Chemical Engineering under guidance of their advisor and approval of the chemical engineering graduate program director.
Exclusive of any preparatory undergraduate courses.
Graduate Certificate Options
Students who are officially accepted into a graduate degree program in the College of Engineering may apply to pursue one of the following graduate engineering certificates in addition to the MS or PhD. Please visit the links below for additional information about each graduate engineering certificate program, related requirements, and how to apply.
Computer Systems Engineering
- Engineering Business
- Engineering Management
- Technology Systems Management
- Engineering Economic Decision Making
- Supply Chain Engineering Management
- Lean Six Sigma
Telecommunication Systems Management
Gordon Institute of Engineering Leadership
Master's Degree in Chemical Engineering with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership
Students may complete a master's degree in Chemical Engineering in addition to earning a Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership. Students must apply and be admitted to the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program in order to pursue this option. The program requires fulfillment of the16 semester-hour-curriculum required to earn the Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership, which includes an industry based challenge project with multiple mentors. The integrated 32 semester hour degree and certificate will require 16 hours of advisor-approved Chemical Engineering technical courses.
Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.
|CHME 7320||Chemical Engineering Mathematics||4|
|CHME 7330||Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics||4|
|CHME 7340||Chemical Engineering Kinetics||4|
|CHME 7350||Transport Phenomena||4|
Complete one of the following options:
Course Work Option
|Complete 16 semester hours from the course list below.||16|
|Complete 8 semester hours from the following (CHME 7990 is repeatable):||8|
|Complete 8 semester hours from the course list below.||8|
Students completing this option receive a Graduate Certificate in addition to the master’s degree. Students should consult their faculty advisor regarding the certificate options.
|Complete 16 semester hours of graduate certificate required course work.||16|
|CHME 5204||Heterogeneous Catalysis||4|
|CHME 5630||Biochemical Engineering||4|
|CHME 7201||Fluid Mechanics||4|
|CHME 7202||Chemical Process Heat Transfer||4|
|CHME 7205||Numerical Techniques in Chemical Engineering||4|
|CHME 7210||Advanced Chemical Engineering Calculations||4|
|CHME 7220||Electronic Materials, Thin Films, and Nanostructures||4|
|CHME 7221||Thin Film Technology||4|
|CHME 7222||Principals of Membrane Processes||4|
|CHME 7231||Chemical Process Dynamics and Control||4|
|CHME 7240||Polymer Science||4|
|CHME 7260||Special Topics in Chemical Engineering||4|
|CHME 7261||Special Topics in Chemical Engineering||2|
|CHME 7978||Independent Study||1-4|
|ENGR 5670||Sustainable Energy: Materials, Conversion, Storage, and Usage||4|
|ENGR 6150||Nanotechnology in Engineering||4|
Program Credit/GPA Requirements
32 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required