Graduate programs in the department attract high quality and enthusiastic students from a wide variety of backgrounds. Most students have undergraduate degrees in chemical engineering, but students from other disciplines often find graduate programs in Chemical Engineering to be a good fit. Several different degree programs are offered by the department and interested students should use links to the left to learn about the details of different programs. The graduate degrees offered by the department include:
PhD in Chemical Engineering: a research-oriented degree that prepares students for independent research careers in industry or academia. This is a full time degree and students are fully funded. The program is competitive and the department admits between 12 – 20 new PhD students each year.
MS in Chemical Engineering: a course and project-based degree that prepares students for a variety of career paths. This is a full time degree program with a typical duration of 18 – 24 months. Students complete both coursework and an independent research project that provides specialization in a sub-field of chemical engineering. Funding is not available for this degree program.
MChE or Masters of Chemical Engineering: a course-work based degree that provides students with added depth in the technical aspects of the field and breadth through elective courses. This program can be full time or part time and is typically completed in two semesters. Funding is not available for this degree program.
MSCPS or Masters of Colloids, Polymers and Surfaces: a course-work based degree offered by the college of engineering but administered through Chemical Engineering. This degree focuses on the specific technical aspects of the CPS field. The degree can be full time or part time and is particularly suited for students with degrees in the sciences or engineering interested in this specific technological area.
Other: Other Masters-level degree programs offered on campus might be of interest. Many of these programs are administered though other departments, but often attracts students with a Chemical Engineering background or similar skills. The Engineering & Technology Innovation Management (E&TIM) program offers students with technical backgrounds exposure to technology innovation and management.The Masters in Energy Science, Technology, and Policy (MESTP) is intended for students who seek a program that emphasizes both engineering and a broader perspective in economics and public policy related to energy. Students enroll in the program independent of a department, but can select a disciplinary concentration within a field such as chemical engineering.
For more detailed information about these degree programs, please see individual pages on this site or links provided. Questions on the first four programs should be directed to chemical engineering.