MS in Chemical Engineering

General

Program Description

The graduate program in chemical engineering is designed to prepare you for a career in research, development, design, or education.

Admission to graduate study will be granted to qualified applicants who hold a baccalaureate degree in chemical engineering from an accredited institution or who have equivalent qualifications.

The chemical engineering program is housed in our Center for Advanced Materials Processing, which has excellent research facilities for conducting state-of-the-art research. At Clarkson, you receive hands-on training as well as classroom teaching to ensure you are truly prepared upon graduation.

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Curriculum

The master's in chemical engineering is a 30 credit hour program. At the end of the program, you will be prepared to enter into a career in industry or continue your research/education as you see fit. The program lasts 24 months and encompasses your 30 credit hours of work.

Program Requirements

  • A minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate coursework, including at least 20 credit hours of course and seminar work.  The balance of coursework must be consistent with the research or professional experience component.
  • Satisfactory completion of one of the research or professional experience components listed below.
    • A written thesis based on independent research
    • A comprehensive examination
    • An appropriate, professionally-oriented special project

The path for those pursuing the thesis option includes the below requirements.

1. The following required courses:

  • Chemical Reactor Analysis II
  • Transport Phenomena
  • Chemical Engineering Analysis
  • Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics

2. Two additional 3-credit hour technical graduate courses selected in consultation with the student’s advisor. School of Business courses cannot be taken to satisfy this requirement.

  • Two credit hours of Seminar. While in residence, all students are required to attend seminars.
  • Ten credit hours of Thesis. All students are expected to start their thesis research at the beginning of their first semester in residence.
  • The MS thesis must be orally presented and defended before a committee of three or more faculty members, at least two of whom are from the department.

The 1-credit course, Fundamentals of Research and Graduate Study, is highly recommended. This course may be used as a substitute for 1 credit of Thesis.

A typical schedule is as follows. Individuals with an undergraduate degree in chemistry can have a different schedule.

First Semester and Third Semester Second Semester and Fourth Semester (if necessary)
  • Three 3-credit courses and 1 credit of Thesis (if necessary)
  • Thesis: 5 credits
  • Seminar: 1 credit
  • Three 3-credit courses and 1 credit of Thesis (if necessary)
  • Thesis: 5 credits
  • Seminar: 1 credit

General Admission Requirements

Prerequisites: BS or BE in chemical engineering. Those with degrees in other science or engineering disciplines may also be admitted but will be required to make up undergraduate course deficiencies.

A complete application file consists of the following:

  • Application form.
  • Resume and statement of purpose.
  • Letters of recommendation — three letters required.
  • Official transcripts.
  • Test scores — GRE* and TOEFL/IELTS (if applicable).
  • *GRE may be waived for some applicants.

Supplemental information may be submitted if desired; this could include any other information that may help us evaluate your application.

Last updated Apr 2020

About the School

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