Five-Year BS/MS Program in Chemical Engineering

Full-time undergraduate students with a minimum GPA of 3.00 have the option of applying for admission into the five-year combined Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering/Master of Science in Chemical Engineering program.

Students will earn a BS degree after four years of study and complete the 30-credit requirement for the MS degree with one additional year of work.

Typical Five-Year Plan 

  • Complete 9 credits of graduate study during senior year (no more than 6 credits in any semester).
  • Complete the remaining 21 credits over the 12-month period following senior year.
  • A student may opt for either a thesis track program or a non-thesis track program. In the thesis-track program, the student may perform a (master's thesis) research project in the same research area as their undergraduate (senior) chemical engineering research project, or may initiate a completely different project with the same or a different research advisor. Note that the thesis option may require additional time to complete the degree.
  • All graduate courses in this program must be taken at Villanova University.

Application Timeline

Students interested in the BS/MS program should contact the Department of Chemical Engineering Graduate Program Advisor (currently Dr. Vito Punzi) as early as possible during their undergraduate studies. A letter of intent should be submitted to the ChE chair before spring break of your junior year. Students should apply to the BS/MS program during the fall semester of their senior year.

An individual graduate program course of study will be established, subsequent to advisement by the Departmental Graduate Program Advisor, based on the interests and career goals of the student, and the Department's anticipated graduate course offerings during the period in which the student would be enrolled in the graduate program.

Tuition Scholarship

The Department of Chemical Engineering allocates a tuition scholarship to one fifth-year student in the BS/MS program. The scholarship covers tuition and fees during the fifth year in return for 12 hours of work per week devoted to department activities, such as homework grading and research.

Students who wish to be considered for a tuition scholarship are expected to submit a formal application for the graduate program by the middle of the Fall semester of their senior year. Awardees will be notified during the spring semester of their senior year.

Five-Year program leading to a Master of Sustainable Engineering

A Master of Science in Sustainable Engineering (MSSE) is a five-year option with a bachelor’s degree in any of the College’s major disciplines. Students interested in the BS/MSSE combined degree program should contact Director of Sustainable Engineering, William Lorenz.