Chemical Engineering (MS)

Admission Standards

The admission standards for the Master of Science program in Chemical Engineering are as follows:

  1. All admission applications for the program shall include:
    1. A completed graduate application for the Graduate School,
    2. An application fee,
    3. At least two letters of recommendation, and
    4. Official transcript(s) for all previous post-secondary coursework.  All transcripts not in English must be certified as authentic and translated verbatim into English.
  2. The minimum requirement for admission is the baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution.
  3. The successful applicant will typically have an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or above (on a 4.00 scale).
  4. International students whose primary language is not English must show English language proficiency by either TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo score or demonstration of a degree awarded from an acceptable English language institution.  The successful applicant will typically have a TOEFL score of 79 or higher or overall IELTS score of 6.5 or higher or a Duolingo score of 105 or higher.

Program Requirements

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 610Advanced Thermodynamics3
CHE 620Transport Phenomena I3
CHE 641Advanced Reactor Design3
CHE 686Chemical Engineering Analysis3
CHE 695Chemical Engineering Seminar1
Technical Electives 1,212
Select one of the following: 6
Thesis Option
Master of Science Thesis in Chemical Engineering 3
Non-Thesis Option
Technical Electives 1,2
Minimum Total Hours31
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.