Master of Science in Biochemical Engineering

Biochemical Engineering

Serving primarily the pharmaceutical industry, biochemical engineering is a niche discipline within the biomedical engineering field, which is ranked first on CNN Money’s list of the “Best Jobs in America” (2012). With solid earnings potential, a 10-year job growth rate estimated at 62%, and Villanova University’s proximity to more than 1,200 pharmaceutical companies in the Philadelphia region, there’s never been a better time to earn your graduate degree in this rapidly evolving field.

Villanova’s Master of Science in Biochemical Engineering program focuses on the design and optimization of biopharmaceutical facilities, processes and products using state-of-the-art analysis and technology.  Earning your graduate degree from Villanova University will fully prepare you to succeed in this high-demand field.  

Students without an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering, please review the admission criteria.

Degree Requirements

Thesis Option

Two core courses in Biochemical Engineering (3 credits per course, 6 credits total)

Minimum three additional courses in Biochemical Engineering (3 credits/course, 9 credits total)

Maximum two courses in bioengineering (3 credits per course)

Maximum three bio-science courses (3 credits per course)

Maximum three courses in chemical engineering (3 credits per course)

M.S. Thesis (6 credits)


Total Credits: 6 (core) + 9 (Biochemical Engineering) + 9 + 6 (thesis) = 30


Non-Thesis Option

Two core courses in Biochemical Engineering (3 credits per course, 6 credits total)

Minimum three courses in Biochemical Engineering (3 credits/course, 9 credits total)

Maximum two courses in bioengineering (3 credits per course)

Maximum four bio-science courses (3 credits per course)

Maximum four courses in chemical engineering (3 credits per course)


Total Credits: 6 (core) + 9 (Biochemical Engineering) + 15  = 30


Refer to this page for a list of program courses.

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Certificates

Certificates available from the Department of Chemical Engineering include

•  Biochemical Engineering
•  Environmental Protection

Interdisciplinary Certificates

•  Nonlinear Dynamics and Control
•  Sustainable Engineering

Part-Time and Full-Time Doctoral Program

The Department of Chemical Engineering faculty also participate in the College of Engineering's PhD program leading to a degree in Doctor of Philosophy.

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Admission Criteria

Students without an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering, please review these specific admission criteria.

Admission requirements for all graduate students in the College of Engineering can be found here.

Contact

Dr. William J. Kelly
Program Director, MS Biochemical Engineering

Questions regarding the program, please contact Dr. Noelle Comolli.

Biochemical Engineering