Coursework required for the MS in Colloids, Polymers, and Surfaces is relevant to many industries, as chemical product manufacture and process development often require applications involving complex fluids that include nanoparticles, macromolecules, and interfaces. Examples include industries working with nanotechnology, coatings and pigments, pharmaceuticals, surfactant-based products, cosmetics, pulp and paper, ink, food science, environmental science, polymers/advanced materials, and biomaterials. In the 35 year history of the program, more than 160 MS degrees have been awarded.
The MSCPS is offered jointly by the Colleges of Engineering and Science at Carnegie Mellon. A total of 96 units of coursework are required to earn the degree. It is also possible to earn a combined degree in chemical engineering.
The program is open to qualified students with a bachelor's degree in either science or engineering. Full-time students can complete the MS degree in two semesters (9 months). Part-time study is also possible for professionals working in local industry, since courses are offered in the evening hours on a rotating basis.
A degree candidate studying full-time may conduct research and complete a Master's thesis, which may represent up to 42 units of credit. Students may instead earn the 96 units required entirely through coursework.