Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering

Master of Engineering Program

A non-thesis program leading to Master of Engineering degree in chemical engineering is available and is particularly suited for non-chemical engineers and non-engineers in addition to chemical engineers.  Students enrolled in the Non-Thesis Master’s Program are not considered for departmental teaching assistantships on entry to the University and are not eligible for research assistantships.

Admission. Applicants must have a B.S. degree in chemical engineering or a closely related field and satisfy the general admission requirements of the Graduate School and specific requirements of the discipline as follows:

·         A B.S. degree in chemical engineering, an engineering discipline other than chemical engineering or in one of the physical sciences.

·         A 3.0 minimum overall GPA in undergraduate study, and approval by the discipline graduate coordinator and Graduate Dean.

Successful non-thesis master’s program applicants typically have GRE subscores greater than 150 for Verbal Reasoning and 148 for the Quantitative Reasoning.

Requirements. All applicants from non-English speaking countries who have not received a degree from a U.S. university must have a minimum TOEFL score of 85 on the internet-based exam, or 563 on the paper exam. Applicants from non-English speaking countries may submit a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS exam in place of the TOEFL.

Applicants are selected for admission on or about February 1 and October 1. Applicants should designate their major fields of research interest. Admission may be denied to maintain the desired balance of students in various interest fields.

Students may be asked to take a number of remedial courses at the undergraduate level to make up for deficiencies in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and/or engineering. The student’s advisor will select elective courses to strengthen the student in areas not stressed at the undergraduate level.

A 3.0 grade point average is the minimum normal for the master’s degree program. Students must maintain a 3.0 overall grade point average and at least a 3.0 average in their major field of study.

Not more than six hours of C grades in course work can be applied to a master’s degree. Initial advisement of all master’s program students is done by the Graduate Program Advisor. All courses taken for graduate credit in these programs shall be selected from those listed in this Bulletin, subject to the approval of the advisor. Independent study must be approved by the Graduate Program Advisor.

Curriculum Requirements

Minimum Total Hours


Required credit hours of master's project


Core chemical engineering curriculum (ChE 7003, 7023, 7033, and 7043)


Maximum credit hours at approved 6000 level


Maximum credit hours of independent study


Maximum credit hours outside of major department


Students choosing the non-thesis option are required to choose an advisor and form an advisory committee for the master's project before the end of their first semester of residence. The advisory committee will consist of the project advisor and at least two other graduate faculty members.