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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 two doctoral degree programs and two master's programs. A summary of course requirements and scheduling details are presented below:

Doctoral Programs

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Biotechnology

Master's Programs

  • Chemical Engineering  (M.S./M.S. with thesis)
  • Bioengineering (M.S./M.S. with thesis)

In collaboration with Tufts Bioengineering Research Center, the department also offers a master's-level degree program in Bioengineering: Cell and Bioprocess Engineering. This interdisciplinary program may be completed within the framework of a thesis, Master of Science (M.S.) degree or as a course-only M.S. An overview of the bioengineering program can be found here.

For additional information about the Cell and Bioprocess Engineering track, please contact the program coordinator, Prof. Kyongbum Lee.

Entrance Requirements for the Doctoral Programs:

Applicants to the Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering program are generally expected to hold a B.S. or M.S. 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 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).