Chemical Engineering (MS)
The Master of Science (MS) in Chemical Engineering program is intended for persons having an accredited baccalaureate degree in chemical engineering, but also is available to those with other backgrounds. Applicants with other backgrounds should plan on taking additional undergraduate background coursework.
Students interested in the MS degree program should consult the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Chemical Engineering. The University of Louisville is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC) to award master's degrees.
The program of study must be completed with a 3.00 GPA or better for all graduate courses used to satisfy degree requirements. Additionally, the program of study must be completed with a 3.00 GPA or better for all academic work attempted in graduate studies.
The requirements for the Master of Science degree are discussed in more detail in the Degree Requirements section of this catalog.
The admission standards for the Master of Science program in Chemical Engineering are as follows:
- All admission applications for the program shall include:
- A completed application for the Graduate School,
- An application fee,
- Results from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE),
- At least two letters of recommendation, and
- Official transcript(s) for all previous post-secondary coursework. All transcripts not in English must be certified as authentic and translated verbatim into English.
- The minimum requirement for admission is the baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution.
- The successful applicant will typically have an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or above (on a 4.00 scale).
- The successful applicant will typically have a GRE combined Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning score of 302 or above.
- International students whose primary language is not English must show English language proficiency by either TOEFL/IELTS score or demonstration of a degree award from an acceptable English language institution. The successful applicant will typically have a total TOEFL score of 80 or higher or overall IELTS score of 6.5 or higher.
The minimum curricular requirements for the Master of Science degree program are shown in the table below. For those applicants who, in the opinion of the faculty, do not have a sufficient background, remedial work may be specified.
|CHE 610||Advanced Thermodynamics||3|
|CHE 620||Transport Phenomena I||3|
|CHE 641||Advanced Reactor Design||3|
|CHE 686||Chemical Engineering Analysis||3|
|CHE 695||Chemical Engineering Seminar||1|
|Technical Electives 1,2||12|
|Select one of the following:||6|
|Master of Science Thesis in Chemical Engineering 3|
Technical Electives 1,2
|Minimum Total Hours||31|
Electives must be chosen so that at least one-half of the credits counted toward the degree, exclusive of thesis, are 600 level. At least fifteen (15) credit hours of coursework must be in Chemical Engineering/CHE.
At least three (3) credit hours of Technical Electives must be from non-CHE courses, and the student's research advisor or academic advisor must approve non-CHE courses.
For the thesis option, a student is required to select both an approved MS thesis topic and the director and members of the thesis committee during the first term of Graduate Studies. The thesis director must give approval for enrollment in CHE 690.
The master of science degree must be completed with a 3.00 GPA or better for all graduate courses used to satisfy degree requirements. Additionally, the master of science degree must be completed with a 3.00 GPA or better for all academic work attempted in graduate studies.