WPI’s MS in Chemical Engineering program 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.

With a thesis or non-thesis option, your degree offers you one-on-one faculty mentorship and advising, a collaborative culture, 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.



While pursing your MS 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 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.


Faculty Profiles

Faculty Profiles

Nathaniel A. Deskins
Associate Professor
Chemical Engineering

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! WPI is also a place where you have a chance to collaborate with people of many different backgrounds and technical interests. This is exciting. 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.

Susan C. Roberts
Professor & 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.

Getting Involved

Getting Involved

WPI supports many clubs and organizations to help you get involved on campus. Chemical engineering students might find the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)Omega Chi Epsilon (OXE), the honor society for Chemical Engineers, or CEGO – Chemical Engineering Graduate Organization especially helpful. The GSG – Graduate Student Government is an active voice for graduate students on campus with many activities and gatherings.

Students walking around the fountain in the springtime

After Graduation