Master of Science in 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. Most courses are available through our E-Learning program, which offers much-needed convenience and flexibility, and students can earn their degree entirely online.

Degree Requirements and Courses

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

Biochemical Engineering Courses (*indicates required)

CHE 7005 - Pharmaceutical Business
CHE XX   - Protein Engineering (course to be added soon)

Other Chemical or Bio-Engineering Courses

Contact

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

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