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Graduate Program

The ChBE graduate degree programs build on the foundation of an undergraduate engineering education through the completion of advanced coursework, thesis research, and professional service (e.g., teaching assistance). Specific programmatic and policy details beyond those presented in this summary may be reviewed in the ChBE Graduate Student Handbook.

The department offers three doctoral degree programs, two master's programs, and a certificate program. All of our M.S. and certificate programs can be taken on a part-time basis.

A summary of course requirements and scheduling details are presented below:

Doctoral Programs

Master's Programs *

  • Chemical Engineering 
  • Bioengineering

Certificate Program

  • Biotechnology

* Thesis or non-thesis track

Guidance for Applicants to the Graduate Programs:

Admission requirements for graduate programs in the School of Engineering can be found here. All students are required to submit academic records, a personal statement, GRE scores, and three letters of reference. Applicants who are not native English speakers are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), except under circumstances listed at the website above. A minimum TOEFL score of 90 (or an IELTS score of 6.5) is required for graduate admission.

Applicants to the Ph.D. or M.S. in Chemical Engineering programs are generally expected to have earned a prior degree in Chemical Engineering. Applicants with degrees in closely related engineering disciplines (such as Materials Science and Engineering or Polymer Engineering) who already have a working knowledge of the core course content of this program (i.e., partial differential equations describing heat, mass, and momentum transfer processes, chemical kinetics/reactors and catalysis, chemical thermodynamics) are also encouraged to apply. Please note that applicants with degrees in Chemistry or Biochemistry are expected to have already completed coursework in ordinary/partial differential equations (at a minimum), and ideally heat/mass/momentum transport, as well. These courses should be clearly shown on the transcript(s) and must also be described in the applicant's personal statement.

Applicants to the Ph.D. in Biotechnology program are generally expected to hold a B.S. or M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, or Biology. Competitive applicants are expected to already have working knowledge of the core course content of this program (i.e., enzyme and cell growth kinetics, biochemistry and cell metabolism, molecular biology).

Applicants to the Joint-Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering are expected to have a degree at the level of bachelor's or master's in engineering or basic/applied/health sciences.

The Certificate in Biotechnology program is open to students with a bachelor's degree and a background in biology, chemistry, or engineering. Students who lack the necessary biology or engineering background can take primer courses during the summer.

Applicants to the M.S. in Bioengineering: Cell and Bioprocess Engineering program are generally expected to hold a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering, Biochemical engineering, Bioengineering, or a related discipline.