Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Rochester, NY, USA
Full time, Part time
USD 28,442 / per semester **
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Earliest start date
* Full-time /Part-time : February 15 priority deadline; rolling thereafter
** when enrolled for 12-18 credits per semester | $2,370 per credit hour when enrolled in fewer than 12 credits per semester
The chemical engineering master’s degree prepares you to develop new, high-tech materials for use across a range of critical industries, including semiconductors, pharmaceuticals, renewable energy systems, battery and alternative energies, and more.
Why Study RIT’s Chemical Engineering Master’s Degree
Advanced Course Work with Capstone Project: Chemical engineering students receive training in the latest theory, principles, and processes to design engineered systems culminating in an independent project.
Hands-On Experience: Students may pursue research for credit with a faculty member, graduate internships, and cooperative education through paid full-time work in industry.
Strong Career Paths: Students are hired at industry-leading companies, such as Bausch & Lomb, Boston Beer Company, Regeneron, DuPont, Eastman Kodak Company, Global Tungsten and Powders, Northrop Grumman, Global Foundries, The Hershey Company, and more.
Chemical engineers apply the core scientific disciplines (chemistry, physics, biology, and mathematics) to transform raw materials or chemicals into more useful or valuable forms, invariably in processes that involve chemical change. In research and development, chemical engineers not only create new, more effective ways to manufacture chemicals but also work collaboratively with chemists to pioneer the development of new high-tech materials for specialized applications.
The development, commercialization, and optimization of the industrial-scale processes for manufacturing chemicals and advanced materials are feats of chemical engineering. Virtually every aspect of a modern industrial economy is critically dependent upon chemical engineering for manufacturing the vast array of bulk and specialty chemicals and high-tech materials needed to create a limitless array of value-added products.
Those with advanced knowledge in chemical engineering become leaders in industry, government, and higher education.
RIT’s Chemical Engineering Master’s Degree
In RIT’s chemical engineering MS, you will take core chemical engineering courses in topics like advanced engineering mathematics, advanced thermodynamics, transport phenomena, and advanced reaction engineering. With this foundation in place, you are prepared to select focus area elective courses that provide a breadth of expertise across chemical engineering and develop your professional interests. You may personalize your chemical engineering master’s program with elective courses in chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, microelectronic engineering, microsystems engineering, imaging science, materials science and engineering, and mathematics. These areas allow you to customize your course work in a range of topics, such as:
- Battery engineering
- Renewable energy systems
- Nanotechnology and microsystems
- Quantum mechanics
- Polymer science
- Applied mathematics
Scholarships and Funding
An RIT graduate degree is an investment with lifelong returns.
You’ll earn a highly marketable credential that will boost your skillset, enhance your expertise, and make you even more competitive for employment.
A combination of sources can help fund your graduate degree.
RIT offers partial graduate tuition scholarships based on merit. These scholarships reduce the tuition you pay. They do not have to be paid back.
The money you earn while working on a co-op, as a graduate assistant, or through on-campus employment can help cover your tuition, fees, and expenses while completing your degree.
U.S. students and eligible non-citizens may be offered federal loans to finance their education. All students can apply for private Alternative Educational Loans.
Employer benefits, outside scholarships, and external grants are a few other sources that can help fund your graduate education.
RIT Offers Graduate Scholarships
Graduate Tuition Scholarships
- Typically, 10-40% tuition scholarship range. The amount of scholarship offered varies by student and department.
- Offered to top candidates in recognition of academic excellence and outstanding admission credentials.
- Those offered a graduate scholarship will receive a scholarship letter in their admissions portal at the time they are notified of their acceptance.
- Students pursuing degrees in designated online programs that pay the online tuition rate are not considered for this scholarship.
RIT Master Plan
- A 45% Graduate tuition scholarship
- Offered to students who graduate with at least a bachelor's degree from RIT after December 2019.
- Students in a Combined Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's program are not considered for this scholarship.
RIT Master Up NY
- A 30% Graduate tuition scholarship
- Offered to New York State residents with a bachelor's degree or anyone who graduates with at least a bachelor's degree from a college or university in New York State.
- Students pursuing degrees in designated online programs that pay the online tuition rate and students in a Combined
- Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's programs are not considered for this scholarship.
Chemical Engineering, MS degree, typical source sequence
- CHME-610 Advanced Thermodynamics 3
- CHME-620 Transport Phenomena 3
- CHME-640 Advanced Reaction Engineering 3
- CHME-709 Advanced Engineering Mathematics 3
- CHME-792 Project with Paper 3
Focus Area Electives* 15
Total Semester Credit Hours: 30
* Focus Area Electives: Courses that are directly relevant to providing a breadth of expertise across chemical engineering, by drawing upon graduate course work as appropriate from across the college of engineering or related fields with approval by the Graduate Program Director. It is anticipated that students interested in engaging with faculty advisors for graduate research will enroll in graduate independent studies to achieve that experience. Graduate courses from a discipline outside of KGCOE would require approval from the Department Graduate Program Director.
Program Tuition Fee
Typical Job Titles
- Chemical Engineering Manager
- Project Manager
- Process Manager
- Senior Chemical Engineer
- Chemical Process Engineer
- Engineering Professor
- Safety Engineer
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