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MS - Thesis

Master of Science (Thesis) Degree Program

The Master of Science in Chemical Engineering provides students with added depth in the technical aspects of the field and breadth through technical electives. This degree prepares students for a variety of career paths. MS candidates are expected to complete the degree requirements in 1.5 - 2 years of full-time study.

The MS program requires 30 credit hours of coursework and includes a completed a research project requiring significant independent work conducted under supervision of a faculty member on a topic of interest to the student. The project is presented to the committee during the Master’s Examination.

There is a six-year time limit for application of credit earned in course work or research toward fulfilling MS-degree requirements. A maximum of six (6) semester credit hours may be accepted for candidates transferring into the MS-degree program.

Course Requirements

The minimum course requirements beyond the Bachelor’s degree are classified into the following areas:

Core Courses 

The total core course requirements are 15 credit hours. These courses and the material prerequisite to them must be mastered by all M.S. students.

CBE 8808 (3 cr) – Advanced Thermodynamics I
CBE 8812 (3 cr) – Advanced Kinetics I
CBE 8815 (3 cr) – Advanced Transport
CBE 8781 (2 cr) – Research Communications in CBE
Chem 6781 (1 cr) – Laboratory Safety

Math requirement: 3 credits

Please choose one from the following list:

CBE5779 - Experimental Design
Math 4568 - Linear Algebra for Engineering Graduate Students
Statistics - Graduate level courses of 5000 level or higher, please see the BuckeyeLink for a listing of Statistics courses.

Advanced Graduate Coursework 

Six credit hours of graduate level courses in chemical and biomolecular engineering, or other scientific, mathematics, or engineering disciplines are to be selected to fit the candidate’s goals.

Thesis and Master’s Examination –

Nine credits. A thesis project conducted under supervision of a faculty advisor on a topic of interest to the student. The completed a research project requires both significant independent work under the supervision of a Thesis Advisor and production of an extended written description of it.

The Master’s Examination will comprise of two components: 1) A written thesis summarizing the independent project; 2) An oral presentation and defense of the project to the committee. The exam committee is composed of two faculty members. The exam is graded pass/fail.

Application to Graduate

One semester prior to your planned graduation, notify the Graduate Program Coordinator to set up a meeting. This will provide sufficient time for the Graduate Studies Committee to review your academic record, and to formally ensure that you have met the department's graduation requirements.

An Appplication to Graduate form must be submitted through Gradforms. Note: The completed and approved online form must be submitted to the Graduate School by the end of the third Friday of the semester in which you wish to graduate.



Autumn Semester Year 1:
Math elective
CBE 8815
Chem 6781
CBE 88895

Spring Semester Year 1:
CBE 8808
CBE 8812
CBE 8781
CBE 6999 (research)

Summer Semester Year 1:
CBE 6999 (research)
Tech Elec

Autumn Semester Year 2:
CBE 6999 (research)
Tech Elec

Spring Semester Year 2:
CBE 6999 (research)

*This is a sample plan. It is possible to condense this plan into 1.5 years, depending on research progress and technical electives.