M.S. Degree

The Masters of Science (M.S.) Degree is the traditional post-bachelors degree, awarded by the Graduate School. The M.S. degree, unlike its M.Eng. counterpart, is not an accredited degree. In fact, there is no agency/entity that provides accreditation for the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees. There are two options for the M.S. degree:

  • Thesis Option: 24 course credits at the 500/600 level + 6 credits of CHE 690 (M.S. Thesis credit). A minimum of 12 credits (of the 32) must be taken at the 600 level. A maximum of 6 non-CHE credits may be taken. This option culminates with a thesis and a successful thesis defense.
  • Coursework Option: 32 course credits at the 500/600 level. A minimum of 14 credits (of the 32) must be taken at the 600 level. A maximum of 6 non-CHE credits may be taken.

Courses required in this program are:

  • CHE 610: Advanced Thermodynamics
  • CHE 620: Transport Phenomena
  • CHE 641: Advanced Reactor Design
  • CHE 686: Chemical Engineering Analysis
  • CHE 695: Chemical Engineering Seminar

Other than the above, students may tailor their own program.

For those applicants who, in the opinion of the faculty, do not have a sufficient background, remedial work may be specified.

Electives must be chosen so that at least one-half of the credits counted toward the degree, exclusive of thesis, are 600-level; at least 15 hours of coursework must be in CHE.

At least three hours of Technical Electives must be from non-CHE courses, and the student’s research advisor or academic advisor must approve non-CHE courses.

For the thesis option, a student is required to select both an approved M.S. thesis topic and the director and members of the thesis committee during the first term of Graduate Studies. The thesis director must give approval for enrollment in CHE 690.