Master of Science in Chemical Engineering

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The Bridge Program allows students to transition from a non-chemical engineering undergraduate degree to a chemical engineering graduate degree program.

Programs of Study

The department offers programs leading to the M.S.Ch.E. and Ph.D. degrees. The M.S.Ch.E. thesis option requires 24 semester hours of graduate course work and 6 semester hours of thesis research. The non-thesis option requires 36 hours of course work. As of Fall 2000, an option is available for students with BS degrees in subjects other than Chemical Engineering interested in bridging to a MS ChE degree.

Ph.D. students take a minimum of 36 credit hours beyond their bachelor's degree program. Additional requirements for the Ph.D. include the passing of qualifying and candidacy examinations and the submission and oral defense of a dissertation proposal and the final dissertation. The Ph.D. degree has a residence requirement of one year full-time. An M.S.Ch.E. degree typically requires two years beyond a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering. The Ph.D. degree typically requires an additional three years. Well qualified chemical engineering graduates may be permitted to pursue the Ph.D. degree directly.

Financial Aid

The department offers a number of graduate teaching and research assistantships as well as fellowships on a competitive basis to qualified applicants. These assistantships and fellowships provide a monthly stipend ranging from $770 to $1,550 plus remission of tuition and fees.

Cost of Study

Information regarding tuition and fees can be found on the Office of Student Accounts website. 

Living and Housing Costs

Plenty of off campus housing is available. Information on housing may be obtained by writing to the Off-Campus Housing Office, Spanton Hall.


Applications for admission and financial aid should be made through the Graduate School. Review of applications will begin on March 1, but the deadline for applications is May 1 for fall semester admission. Financial aid is allocated by individual faculty; based on finding a match of abilities and research interests for prospective students. Applicants to the graduate school should have a minimum grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. A minimum combined analytical and a quantitative score of 1350 on the GRE General Test is strongly recommended. International students whose native language is not English are also required to obtain a TOEFL score of at least 550 for admission.