Masters in Chemical Engineering: Degree Requirements

 

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; 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/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 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.

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; and, 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 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.

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Dr. William J. Kelly
Program Director, PhD and MS Biochemical Engineering
William.J.Kelly@villanova.edu

Dr. Vito Punzi
Program Director, Graduate and MS Chemical Engineering
610-519-4946
Vito.Punzi@Villanova.edu