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Chemical Engineering Graduate Programs

The Russell School of Chemical Engineering, a small, yet comprehensive department, has offered a master’s degree program since 1939 and a doctoral degree program since 1966. The school has established a strong tradition in the petroleum, natural gas, and environmental fields, and offers research opportunities in materials engineering, biochemical engineering, advanced modeling and simulation, alternative energy, surface science, and catalysis.

Our current research focuses on modern experimental approaches and state-of-the-art computational studies, allowing for investigation of fundamental phenomena as applied to “real-world” problems and thereby enhancing our interactions with industry. Our computational studies address a wide range of complex problems in multiple time and length scales, ranging from multiphase flow models to complete energy supply chains, which help catalyze solutions to complex societal challenges. Chemical engineering graduate studies offer a dynamic environment for challenging, stimulating research and provide close interaction between faculty and students due to our small size.

Degree Programs


Chemical Engineering, M.S.E

This graduate option allows students to work on exciting and challenging research projects in many areas including energy, environment, materials and biochemical engineering. Our students thrive from small class settings, intimate research groups and direct collaboration with distinguished faculty. Graduates generally work in industry.

Chemical Engineering, M.E.

This master of engineering program is a popular choice among non-chemical engineers, students trained in other areas of the engineering field, and chemical engineers who would like to develop a more advanced understanding in chemical engineering without emphasizing research. The degree offers an opportunity for non-chemical engineering students to develop technical skills outside of their original area of expertise. A thesis is not required in this option.

Chemical Engineering, Ph.D.

The Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering aims to provide students with a critical understanding of scientific and engineering principles underlying their fields of interest and to cultivate their ability to apply these principles creatively through advanced methods of analysis, research and synthesis. Alumni work in academia and hold leadership roles in the industry.

Chemical Engineering, M.E. (Accelerated Master’s)

This dual program allows students to earn both a bachelor of science in chemical engineering and a master of engineering in chemical engineering in five years. Students complete regular course work required for the bachelor’s degree with the exception that 5000-level courses are taken for the advanced science elective and the advanced engineering elective.

Students may apply for the program when they have completed between 60 and 96 hours toward the bachelor’s degree, including CHE 3084 (Mass Transfer) and CHE 3084’s prerequisites, with a GPA of at least 3.5. Interested students should contact the graduate adviser for chemical engineering as early as possible and before taking any elective courses. Students may pass the master’s comprehensive exam during the final semester of the combined program instead of completing the ME project course (CHE 7913).