Master of Science in Chemical Engineering

Villanova University's Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (MSCHe) program is intended to supplement the education of full-time practicing chemical engineers. The curriculum is built around a core of chemical engineering fundamentals and is designed to provide a mastery of key subjects including:

  • Chemical Engineering Reactors
  • Separation Processes I, II
  • Thermodynamics
  • Heat Transfer
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Process Design

All chemical engineering graduate courses are taught in the evening (2 1/2 hours one night per week) so that working professionals can easily attend and participate. Most courses are available online through our  E-Learning program, which offers much-needed convenience and flexibility, and students can earn their degree entirely online.

Degree Requirements and Courses

The Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (MSChE) program requires:

  • At least 30 credits of course work (10 courses)
  • A minimum of 24 credits from chemical engineering courses
  • At least seven of the chemical engineering courses must be numbered 8000 or higher
  • A maximum of two approved courses outside of chemical engineering may be taken as electives
  • A maximum of six credits may be replaced by an independent study project, which, if elected, will be guided by a member of the department faculty. Projects may take the form of experimental research, process design, theoretical analysis or a literature survey, and the selected topic is subject to review and approval by the department's graduate committee. Full-time students receiving financial aid are required to complete the six credit research project and prepare a thesis.

Chemical Engineering Courses



*Student may request to take general graduate engineering courses, subject to approval by the graduate student advisor
**Electives: a maximum of two approved courses outside of chemical engineering