The objective of the Master of Science in Chemical Engineering program is to enable students to build a strong foundation in multiple areas of chemical engineering. The program requires 32 credit hours.
Students have the option of completing a thesis based on between six to eight credit hours of research (CHE 591) with the approval of a thesis adviser, completing a master's project with up to six credit hours of project coursework (CHE 594), or completing the program with coursework. In line with the department's approach to its graduate programs, a student has considerable flexibility, in consultation with his/ her adviser, in formulating a program.
Before the completion of the first semester of graduate study, full-time students should select a permanent adviser. Graduate students pursuing the degree on a part-time basis should select a permanent adviser before registering for their tenth credit hour. The student, in consultation with the adviser, prepares a program of study that reflects individual needs and interests. Students with the thesis option are required to pass an oral comprehensive examination on his/her thesis and related topics. The examination committee consists of at least three appropriate faculty members who are nominated by the thesis adviser and approved by the department chair.
CHE 506 Entrepreneurship and Intellectual Property Management
Select 17 credit hours of 400-500 level CHE courses. (2)
(1) Note: Interested students can substitute CHE577 for CHE525 with advisor consent.
(2) Students completing a master's project may select up to six credit hours of CHE 594. Other appropriate electives may be selected (with advisor approval) to satisfy the needs of the individual student and may be aligned with the research areas listed in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering section of this bulletin.
Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (Thesis Option)
CHE 591 Research and Thesis for M.S. Degree
Select 12 to 14 credit hours of 400-500 level CHE courses. (1)
(1) Other appropriate electives may be selecxted (with adviser approval) to satisfy the needs of the individual student and may be aligned with th eresearch areas listed in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineerin section of the Graduate Bulletin.
The student must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0/4.0 in the core areas.