DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

For Admitted Students with an Undergraduate Degree in Chemical Engineering

For admitted students who completed an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering, the Master of Science in Chemical Engineering program requires at least 30 credits of course work (10 courses) chosen so as to satisfy the following curriculum distribution requirements:

  • 3 Required courses
    • CHE 8575 Thermodynamics
    • CHE 8563 Transport Phenomena
    • 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/Analysis
    • CHE 8550 Chem Eng Reactors
    • ME 7000 Advanced Engineering 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 in consultation with your academic advisor
  • A minimum of 24 credits (8 courses) must be Chemical and Biological 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 and Biological Engineering department (and will normally be “counted” as 7000-level electives when determining satisfaction of the program requirements)
  • A maximum of 6 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.

 

BRIDGING PROGAM (Pre-requisites)

For Admitted Students without an Undergraduate Degree in Chemical Engineering:

Before earning credits toward your master’s degree in chemical engineering, students must first complete pre-requisites to bridge the gap in education. Bridging students can elect to take courses at Villanova, however we encourage taking online courses through Michigan State University to expedite completion. Through MSU, students meet the requirements by taking only two classes over the course of one summer and can start pursuing their graduate degree immediately after. If students choose to take the required coursework through Villanova, it requires six courses, offered during the day - none of which count toward a master’s degree.

 

Option 1

Courses at MSU:

  • CHE 804 - Foundations of ChE I
  • CHE 805 - Foundations of ChE II

Option 2  

Courses at Villanova:

(3 in fall semester)

  • CHE 2031 – Intro to Chem Processes
  • CHE 3031 – Heat Transfer
  • CHE 3131 – ChE Thermodynamics II

(3 of the following in spring semester)

  • CHE 2032 – ChE Thermo II
  • ChE 2232 – Fluid Mechanics
  • CHE 3032 – Mass Transfer
  • CHE 3332 – ChE Reactor Engineering I

For Admitted Students without an Undergraduate Degree in Chemical Engineering

For admitted students who did not complete an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering (i.e., “bridging” students), the Master of Science in Chemical Engineering program requires at least 36 credits of course work (12 courses) chosen so as to satisfy the following curriculum distribution requirements:

  • 3 Required courses
    • CHE 8575 Thermodynamics
    • CHE 8563 Transport Phenomena
    • CHE 8551 Chem Kinetics & Catalysis
  • 3 of the following 5 elective courses
    • CHE 8571 Separation Processes I
    • CHE 8572 Separation Processes II
    • CHE 8579 Adv Process Model/Analysis
    • CHE 8550 Chem Eng Reactors
    • ME 7000 Advanced Engineering Analysis
  • 6 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 30 credits (10 courses) must be Chemical and Biological 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 and Biological Engineering department (and will normally be “counted” as 7000-level electives when determining satisfaction of the program requirements)
  • A maximum of 6 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.

 

 

Dr. Vito Punzi
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

STUDENT PERSPECTIVES

Chris Bongo, alum of Villanova's Master's of Science in Chemical Engineering program stands outside.

“My Villanova Engineering research and courses prepared me for the technical challenges a process engineer faces daily, and taught me some incredibly valuable communications skills. My adviser was more than just a good professor—he and the entire department always had my personal development and best interests in mind.”

Chris Bongo, Process Engineer, Air Products

 

 

“My advisor’s industrial experience comes with a great sense of knowing what is realistic and brings access to industry research projects, expanded networking opportunities, and most importantly, his management skills. He pushes me hard, but always has a sense of reality and work/life balance.”

Anthony Vallace, current Villanova PhD student