Masters Program Curriculum

Chemical and Petroleum Engineering - Graduate Studies

Master's of Science Program Overview

Our department offers MS degrees in either Chemical Engineering or Petroleum Engineering. The MS program requires 21 hours of courses, including four or five core courses and two or three elective courses (depending on which degree the student is seeking), plus nine hours of research which includes 6 hours of CPE 803 (Master's research) and 3 hours of CPE 800 (seminar) for a grand total of 30 credit hours.Once the coursework is complete, the student will focus on thesis completion. When the student and their advisor agree the thesis is ready, the student will then take a final oral examination that may cover both course work and the thesis topic.

Basic Two Year Enrollment Plan for Chem E MS:

Fall Term 1:                 C&PE 701, 731, and 721
Spring Term 1:            C&PE 722, 732, and an elective course
Fall Term 2:                 Elective Course(s), Research hours with your advisor, Seminar C&PE 800
Spring Term 2:            Research hours and Seminar

Basic Two Year Enrollment Plan for Pet E MS:

Fall Term 1:                 C&PE 701, 731, and an elective course
Spring Term 1:            C&PE 771, 795 and an elective course
Fall Term 2:                 Elective Course(s), Research hours with your advisor, Seminar C&PE 800
Spring Term 2:            Research hours and Seminar 

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

Prerequisite Course List (for students with a non-engineering background)

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

For Petroleum Engineering
C&PE 511: Momentum Transfer
C&PE 525: Heat & Mass Transfer
C&PE 527: Reservoir Engineering II
C&PE 618: Waterflooding

For more information about the graduate program- see the Graduate Program Manual (link below) or email us at cpegrad@ku.edu


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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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