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MS - Non-Thesis

Master of Science 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. Full-time students can complete the requirements in 3 semesters.

The MS program requires 30 credit hours of coursework and includes a thesis 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
Chem 6781 (1 cr) - Safety Seminar

Math requirement - 3 cr - please choose one from the following list:

CBE 5779 - Experimental Design
Math 4568 - Linear Algebra for Engineering Graduate Students
Statistics - Graduate level courses of 5000 level or higher. Statistics courses can be found on the BuckeyeLink.

Advanced Graduate Courses in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering – six credit hours of CBE elective courses are required.

Additional Electives – The minimum requirement is six credit hours. 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.

Independent Project and Master’s Examination – Three credits. A short term independent project conducted under supervision of a faculty advisor on a topic of interest to the student. The project may be an in-depth study and analysis of technical literature on the topic of interest, or an original project involving experimental, computational, and/or theoretical work. In-career students can complete the project at their work location.

The Master’s Examination is comprised two components:

1) A written report summarizing the independent thesis 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 the Graduate School's form at: 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.

Contact Angela Bennett, Graduate Program Coordinator,