The graduate program in chemical engineering offers students the opportunity to work on cutting-edge research that tackles pressing challenges facing our society and our planet in areas such as biomedicine, energy, security and sustainability. Meanwhile, students pursuing graduate-level coursework develop an in-depth understanding of the fundamental principles of chemical engineering and gain expertise in modern topics in the field through select elective courses. The overarching goal of this rich research and educational experience is to mentor and to equip our students to become future leaders in engineering and science, while simultaneously promoting scholarly achievement for both the faculty and students.

The non-thesis MS degree is offered as either a full-time or part-time program to make it more accessible to students pursuing concurrent industrial careers. Students pursuing the non-thesis MS degree may, in exceptional cases, apply and seek admission to pursue a thesis MS degree following their first term of enrollment in the graduate program; if admitted, the thesis MS degree is offered only as a full-time program.

Both full-time Master of Science degree students and Doctoral Candidates are able to select thesis topics from a diverse range of faculty research interests, spanning two strategic research foci in Advanced Materials and Biological Engineering. With a premier location in downtown Boston, research in the department leverages the wealth of collaborations with neighboring universities, hospitals, medical centers and industry. New or prospective graduate students can learn about ongoing research topics from individual faculty members, faculty web sites and graduate student seminars. Graduate student seminars, where our students present the results of their research, are held on a regular basis and provide an interactive forum for learning and exchanging ideas.

The MS in Chemical Engineering can be combined with a Gordon Engineering Leadership certificate. Learn more about the benefits of this unique program.


The minimum semester hours required by students to complete this degree are listed below. Typically full-time students are able to complete these requirements in about three years, however it might take longer if the student completes a thesis or participates in co-op.

Degree RequirementsThesis
Option
Course-Only
Option
Engineering
Leadership
Required core courses16 SH16 SH16 SH
Master of Science thesis8 SHN/AN/A
Seminar0 SHN/AN/A
Elective courses8 SH16 SH0 SH
Leadership coursesN/AN/A16 SH
Minimum semester hours required32 SH32 SH32 SH

 

Learning Outcomes

The MS programs' student learning outcome is

  • The ability to use basic engineering concepts flexibly in a variety of contexts.