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Master of Science in Chemical or Petroleum Engineering

  • Chemical Engineering Bachelor of Science
  • Master of Science in Chemical or Petroleum Engineering
    • MS in Chemical Engineering
    • MS in Petroleum Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering Bachelor of Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

Chemical Engineering - Graduate Studies Curriculum

Our department offers M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, and a PhD degree in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering. 

The M.S. Program:

A total of 30 credit hours are required for the Master's of Chemical Engineering degree, which includes: 3 credit hours of seminar, 6 credit hours of research, and 21 credit hours of coursework, including five core courses and two elective courses. A thesis is required for an M.S. in Chemical Engineering. To maintain Good Academic Standing, students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better at all times and make progress in their personal research once a research advisor is assigned. 

MS in Chemical Engineering                                                                                          

ChE Graduate Core Courses (15 hours)
    C&PE 701 Methods of Chemical and Petroleum Calculations  
    C&PE 721 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics    
    C&PE 722 Kinetics and Catalysis
​    C&PE 731 Convective Heat and Momentum Transfer
    C&PE 732 Advanced Transport Phenomena II

Electives (6 hours)

Research (9 hours)
C&PE 800 Seminar
    C&PE 803 Research  


Oral Examination (presentation of the thesis to your committee)

*Students who do not have a Chemical Engineering B.S. degree when entering the Master's program are required to take prerequisite courses in Chemical and Petroleum engineering as well as Geology where applicable. Those courses include​:

C&PE 511 : Momentum Transfer
C&PE 512 : Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
C&PE 524 : Kinetics and Reactor Design
C&PE 525: Heat and Mass Transport

Depending on a student's academic background and proposed plan of study, additional undergraduate prerequisite courses may be required. Up to three credit hours of the undergraduate prerequisite courses (numbered 500 or above) may be counted as elected hours in the M.S. degree program.

Once enrolled, each student, with the help of graduate advisor and the student research director, shall, before the end of the first semester of M.S. study, submit a plan of study to the Associate Dean of Engineering for Graduate Study.

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Upcoming Events and Deadlines

Deadline to apply to 3MT | October 14th First Heat will take place on Thursday, October 24th 

Mark B. Shiflett Lecture on Refrigerants | Thursday, October 17th | Hancock Ballroom @ The Oread

Research Connections & Networking Event | Monday, October 21st | 11am - 12pm | 1131 Learned Hall

Special Seminar with Boelo Schurr from the University of Twente | Friday, October 25th | 1:00 - 1:50PM | 2420 LEEP2

Hospitality Suite at the Annual AIChE Conference | Sunday, November 10th | 7:30 - 9:30PM | Blue Spring Room, Hyatt Regency Orlando

Nick Reding's Final Thesis Defense | Monday, November 25th | 9:00 - 10:00AM | 1 Eaton (Dean's Conference Room)

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