Degree Requirements

Master of Science in Engineering

The student’s program of coursework is selected with the advice of the graduate adviser and must be approved by the Graduate Studies Committee.

Master of Science in Engineering with thesis. For students electing this option, thirty semester hours of coursework, including six hours in the thesis course, are required. At least twelve hours of graduate coursework (the major) must be in chemical engineering, and at least six hours (the minor) must be outside chemical engineering. Only graduate courses in chemical engineering count toward the degree, but up to six hours of upper-division coursework outside chemical engineering may be included in the minor. A grade point average of at least 3.00 must be attained on graduate coursework in the major.

A thesis problem is selected after the student has consulted members of the Graduate Studies Committee. The thesis research problem should be selected during the first semester and initial research begun at that time. At least one full year is required to complete the master’s degree program.

Master of Science in Engineering with report. This option requires thirty hours of coursework, including three hours in the report course. At least fifteen hours must be completed in graduate-level chemical engineering courses and at least six hours must be outside chemical engineering. Up to six hours of upper-division coursework may be counted. A grade point average of at least 3.00 must be attained on graduate coursework in the major.

Master of Science in Engineering without thesis or report. For students electing this option, thirty semester hours of coursework are required. At least eighteen semester hours must be completed in graduate coursework in chemical engineering, and at least six hours must be outside chemical engineering. Up to six hours of upper-division coursework may be included. No research is required, but a grade point average of at least 3.00 must be attained on graduate coursework in the major. Enrollment in this option must be approved by the chairman of the Graduate Studies Committee in chemical engineering.

Doctor of Philosophy

A student may choose to pursue the doctoral degree without first obtaining a master’s degree. To be eligible for admission to candidacy, the student must pass the three core curriculum graduate courses in thermodynamics, transport phenomena, and kinetics, with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher in all three courses, followed by a preliminary oral examination. The doctoral candidate must also complete annual meetings with their committee and pass a final oral examination covering the research program.

For a student with a Bachelor of Science degree, at least three years are required to complete the Doctor of Philosophy degree program.