Chemical Engineering (MS)

Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
Unit: Speed School of Engineering (GS)
Department: Chemical Engineering 
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Academic Plan code(s): CHE_MS

Program Information

General Information

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.

Degree Requirements

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.

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 application for the Graduate School,
    2. An application fee,
    3. Results from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE),
    4. At least two letters of recommendation, and
    5. 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. The successful applicant will typically have a GRE combined Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning score of 302 or above.
  5. 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.

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

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.