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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.

Program Objectives

Master of Science in Engineering in Chemical Engineering

Graduates of the thesis-based (MSE) program should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a more advanced understanding in chemical engineering fundamentals compared to the B.S. degree holders.
  2. Display the ability to conduct research in a field of specialization within chemical engineering, and effectively communicated their findings orally and in writing to a technically literate audience.
  3. Illustrate ethical awareness of responsible conduct of research.

Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering

Graduates of the non-thesis (ME) program should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a more advanced understanding in chemical engineering fundamentals compared to the B.S. degree holders.
  2. Display the ability to perform and communicate an independent study in a field of specialization within chemical engineering.
  3. Illustrate ethical awareness.

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering

Graduates from the Ph.D. program should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of scientific and engineering principles underlying their fields of interest.
  2. Apply scientific and engineering principles creatively through advanced methods of analysis, research and synthesis, and effectively communicated their findings orally and in writing to a technically literate audience.
  3. Illustrate ethical awareness of responsible conduct of research.
Graduate Degree Options

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)

Allows TU undergraduate student to being logging graduate hours while completing a bachelor’s degree, reducing the time for completion of the master’s degree.

AIChE Student Organization

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers is the world’s leading organization for chemical engineering professionals with more than 40,000 members from 90 countries. Members of TU’s student AIChE organization have a breadth of resources and expertise in core process industries or in emerging areas such as nanobiotechnology.

Application Requirements

To be considered for graduate admission, the following items must be submitted to the Graduate School:

  • A completed Graduate School application
  • Statement of Purpose (admission essay)
  • 2 – 3 letters of recommendation from individuals who can comment on your academic potential.
  • Official or unofficial transcripts from all universities attended
  • GRE General Test results
  • $55 application fee
  • International students who studied at a university outside of the U.S. will also need to submit TOEFL or IELTS results