The program leading to an MS in chemical engineering is designed to provide a broad coursework base in advanced topics in chemical engineering, and to train the student in conducting advanced research in a specialized area. Graduates of the program should be equally capable of doing industrial or governmental research and design and in proceeding on to a PhD program.
A total of 30 credit hours is required, including 18 credit hours of coursework and at least 12 credit hours of thesis work. The coursework must include 15 credit hours of graduate-level chemical engineering courses, and nine of these must be chosen from the core curriculum.
A satisfactory oral seminar presentation must be given every year in residence.
The non-thesis master of science program differs from the regular MS program in that it is especially suited for those students with general practice career goals and those not planning subsequent pursuit of the PhD degree. It is particularly suited to students wishing to pursue advanced training in chemical engineering on a part-time basis. The Course MS program is considered to be a terminal professional degree, and it is designed to provide a broad base in advanced coursework in chemical engineering. Although a thesis is not required for the degree, independent study under the direction of a faculty advisor may be part of the program.
A total of 30 credit hours is required, including a minimum of 24 credit hours in graduate-level courses. At least 21 course credit hours must be in chemical engineering, and nine of these must be chosen from the core curriculum.