Villanova University's Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (MSCHE) program is intended to supplement the education of full-time practicing chemical engineers. The flexible curriculum is built around a core of chemical engineering fundamentals and electives and is designed to provide the graduate student the mastery of wide range of subjects.
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).
- For students who’ve completed 12 credits or more by the end of the Spring 2016 semester, a minimum of seven chemical engineering courses must be numbered 8000 or higher must be completed as part of the degree program; a maximum of three 7000-level chemical engineering courses may be applied to toward the completion of the degree program.
- Students admitted to the program commencing with the Summer 2016 semester are required to complete the curriculum described below; students who’ve completed 9 credits or less by the end of the Spring 2016 semester are encouraged to complete the curriculum described below:
- 3 Required courses: CHE 8575 Thermodynamics; CHE 8563 Transport Phenomena (or CHE 8564 Fluid Dynamics if already completed); and, CHE 8551 Chem Kinetics & Catalysis
- 2 of the following 5 elective courses: CHE 8571 Separation Processes I; CHE 8572 Separation Processes II; CHE 8579 Adv Process Model/Anal; CHE 8550 Chem Eng Reactors; ME 7000 Advanced Eng’g Analysis
- 5 additional courses generally selected from among all CHE offerings (maximum of 4 at the 7000-level) chosen as part of a plan of study developed based on consultation with their academic advisor.
- A minimum of 24 credits (8 courses) must be chemical engineering department course offerings; subject to the approval of the graduate student’s advisor, a maximum of 2 courses may be taken outside of the chemical engineering department (and will normally be “counted” as 7000-level electives when determining satisfaction of the program requirements).
- A maximum of six credits may be replaced by an independent study or thesis 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.
Note: All course offerings are subject to change and sufficient student enrollments.
For course descriptions, refer to the Chemical Engineering Department course descriptions.