Master’s in Chemical Engineering

Master of Science
Female graduate student reaches for a beaker in a WPI lab

WPI’s master’s in Chemical Engineering engages you in important global research with off-site programs that are almost always international, so you can see impact of technology advancing society, from improving the speed and accuracy of medical diagnostics, to designing bioprocesses for producing anti-cancer drugs, to developing effective alternatives to fossil fuels.

Value Proposition Description

With a thesis or non-thesis option, your chemical engineering masters offers you one-on-one faculty mentorship and advising, a collaborative culture, challenging chemical engineering courses, and the hands-on learning opportunities that are hallmarks of the WPI experience. The grad-level seminar series also prepares you for career success by teaching you professional development and placing you in off-campus opportunities like co-ops and working in national labs.

Female graduate student works with chemical engineering tools in a WPI lab

While pursing your master’s in Chemical Engineering at WPI, you’ll employ active learning, teamwork and communications skills, and knowledge of up-to-date practices to solve diverse real-world problems involving the production or use of chemicals. You’ll have your choice of interesting interdisciplinary courses and chemical engineering courses to achieve your goals, including Kinetics and Catalysis, Chemical Reactor Design, and Fuel Cell Technology. 

Plus, your education will extend beyond the classroom by presenting an annual seminar on your research, and having the opportunity to make scientific presentations at conferences and author scientific journal articles.

Graduate Student Professional Development

WPI is an emerging leader in graduate student professional development and offers a number of opportunities for graduate students to develop their interests and skills outside of a traditional research context. WPI’s Graduate School supports a robust Office of Professional Development and offers annual seminars and workshops as part of the STARS Program. The Chemical Engineering Department offers an annual Graduate Student Seminar Series where students explore creation and implementation of Individual Development Plans, meet industry experts as part of career panels, and present their research to both peers and faculty.

Research areas In Chemical Engineering include the following:

  • Biofuels
  • Biopolymer interfaces
  • Cellular and metabolic engineering
  • Computational chemistry
  • Nanotechnology
  • Reaction engineering

Graduate students use WPI’s computational facilities to advance their work in simulations, bioinformatics, and big data analysis.

Students and faculty work closely as they conduct research in multidisciplinary, open lab environments within state-of-the-art facilities.

Cutting-edge research in our labs makes a direct impact on human life.

Lab work is essential, but faculty want students to succeed in all aspects of their careers so professional development opportunities are offered and encouraged.

From medical devices that stave off or prevent infections to advances in additive manufacturing, research in the chemical engineering department brings global problems to a human scale.

Chemical engineering is a vibrant, research-active department with dedicated and innovative faculty and students.

WPI’s chemical engineering research areas address pressing global challenges, including advanced functional materials, molecular bioengineering, sustainable energy engineering, and engineering education.

A big advantage in WPI’s master’s in Chemical Engineering is your access to cutting-edge facilities and labs for interdisciplinary research. From our main facilities in Goddard Hall and Gateway Park to our many research centers, you’ll join other researchers across disciplines to use specialized equipment and novel processes and technologies.


Graduate Studies Series

Team members from Graduate & Professional Studies host quick and convenient webinars designed to highlight popular topics when starting grad school. Take a deep dive into specific areas of interest such as how to secure funding, how to ace your application, an overview of student services, and more!

Faculty Profiles

Susan Roberts
Susan Roberts
Professor and Department Head, Chemical Engineering

To me there is nothing more exciting than watching a student learn and develop and there is no greater privilege than having the title of professor. My favorite part of my job is being able to mentor and teach students in a research context – be that in a biochemical engineering course or laboratory, through supervising undergraduate IQP/MQP projects or by advising doctoral students in their thesis work. There is no greater satisfaction than to watch a timid, insecure student gain confidence through knowledge and practice.

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N. Aaron Deskins
N. Aaron Deskins

Students here at Worcester Polytechnic Institute have a lot of enthusiasm and ambition, and it certainly is contagious. Teaching brings a lot of joy because of this, and I find myself often trying just to keep up with the students! I love to collaborate with people from many different backgrounds and technical interests. For my research, I work in the area of molecular modeling: trying to understand and solve energy and environmental problems using high-powered computer simulations. I am also involved in supporting, educating, and empowering introverted students.

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David DiBiasio
David DiBiasio

My research involves educational scholarship: investigating how students learn chemical engineering and how the curriculum can be modified to optimize learning. That includes understanding learning in hands-on labs compared to virtual or remotely operated labs; learning in international contexts; and how safety, ethics, and social responsibility can be effectively integrated into the chemical engineering curriculum.

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Elizabeth Stewart
Elizabeth Stewart
Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering

My research utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to explore and exploit the physical properties of biological soft matter systems. Through investigating the biophysical properties of cells, multicellular communities and their microenvironments, my group seeks to reveal connections between the physical properties of living systems and their disease states and to utilize these findings to develop biological control strategies, therapeutics and diagnostics. We are particularly focused on using our soft matter approach to address bacterial infection prevention and control.

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Andrew Teixeira
Andrew Teixeira
Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering

Andrew is a classically trained chemical engineer with with specialties in the fields of chemical reaction engineering and materials science. He received his B.S. from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2009, and continued to pursue his Ph.D. with Professor Dauenhauer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2014, before completing his postdoctoral studies with Professor Jensen at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2016, ultimately joining the faculty at WPI in 2017.

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Michael Timko
Michael Timko

Sharing that “ah hah” moment with a student struggling and suddenly mastering a difficult concept; helping expand the intellectual horizons of an aspiring engineer; tackling and solving problems that challenge the energy, economic, and environmental security with passionate students; sharing my passion for engineering science: these are the reasons that I am a professor of chemical engineering. WPI students understand the importance of translating their engineering talents into technologies and knowledge that benefit others.

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Interested in Other Chemical Engineering Degree Programs?

Are you looking to begin your path in chemical engineering? WPI’s bachelor’s in chemical engineering gets you started and offers robust opportunities for research, interdisciplinary work, and a flexible curriculum focused on your specific interests. Are you already thinking of an advanced degree? Our PhD in chemical engineering program is committed to “research for a purpose,” and that means your work addresses a societal need and therefore, has a real impact. Maybe you're looking for a professional degree where you can gain an advanced chemical engineering foundation with an industry focus? Explore our professional MS in chemical engineering where you will work on industry-specific problems within companies and even government. Our chemical engineering degree programs will help you reach your career goals and discover exciting challenges.

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