Master of Science in Biochemical Engineering

Biochemical Engineering

Enhance your skill set, increase your earning potential, and learn about new technology and modeling approaches for biopharmaceutical production and development with a graduate degree in biochemical engineering.

Villanova’s Biochemical Engineering graduate program alumni work for some of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the nation including GlaxoSmithKline, Merck and Johnson & Johnson. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), chemical engineers working in the pharmaceutical and drug manufacturing sector earn an average salary of $97,940. The number of jobs for engineers in this field is expected to increase by 9.3 percent (BLS, 2016).

Classes are conveniently held in the evenings to allow you to successfully balance work and family, while earning your degree. Additionally your biochemical engineering graduate degree can be completed entirely online via our E-Learning program with 24/7 access to course materials and lectures. 

Fast Facts

  • 4 full-time faculty
  • 2 adjunct faculty working in industry
  • 33% female
  • 50% part-time students
  • Average age: 26
  • 2/3 of students work in the Biopharm industry
  • 68% of all engineering graduate students complete master’s degree program within 3 years

Villanova’s MSBChE program provides real-world knowledge for practical application covering hot-button topics including Biopharmaceutical Design and Biomaterials and Drug Delivery. This degree exposes students to upstream and downstream bioprocess fundamentals and provides the tools to design and optimize pharmaceutical facilities, processes and products, using state-of-the-art analysis and technology.


Associate Professor Noelle Comolli, PhD Assistant, Professor Jacob Elmer, PhD
Associate Professor Noelle Comolli, PhD Assistant, Professor Jacob Elmer, PhD

Biochemical Engineering News

A team of Villanova Chemical Engineering faculty was recognized for the most outstanding Chemical Engineering paper presented at the ASEE annual conference.

Professor William J. Kelly, PhD, director of the Biochemical Engineering program, led US-EU planning efforts at a European biotechnology meeting.

Consider This


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

Dr. Vito Punzi
Program Director, Graduate and MS Chemical Engineering


William J. Kelly

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

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