Masters of Science (M.S.) in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Program

The MS degree in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering is primarily a degree for students who wish to equip themselves with a more solid foundation in the principles of chemical and biochemical engineering. Master's degree candidates may elect a thesis or non-thesis option. The thesis option consists of a minimum of 30 credits – 24 course credits and 6 credits for a thesis on a research project. In the non-thesis option, a candidate must complete 30 course credits and submit a critical essay. Note that:

  • All academic standards relative to admission, performance, and requirements for degrees are the same whether the student is on a full-time or a part-time basis.
  • Students whose undergraduate degrees are in a field other than chemical engineering may be advised to take undergraduate core chemical and biochemical engineering courses before proceeding to their graduate counterparts.
  • Petition for transfer of up to twelve course credits of graduate courses from other schools or from an undergraduate record (provided the credits were not used to satisfy undergraduate degree requirements) may be made to the Graduate Program Director after completion of fifteen graduate credits at Rutgers. A signed Application for Transfer of Credits must be submitted to the Graduate School Dean for approval.
  • Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 with no more than two grades less than B in the core courses to remain in the program and to graduate.

Find a complete list of learning goals here.

Non-thesis Option

Students complete 30 credits of course work including 15 credits of core courses and 15 credits of electives.

Core Courses 

  • 155:501 Advanced Transport Phenomena I
  • 155:502 Advanced Transport Phenomena II
  • 155:507 Analytical Methods in Chemical & Biochemical Engg.
  • 155:511 Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
  • 155:514 Kinetics, Catalysis, and Reactor Design

Course Descriptions

Electives

Non-thesis students can follow one of two curriculums in choosing their electives:

  • Chemical & Biochemical Engineering curriculum. Students take 6 credits of chemical engineering electives (500+ level courses offered within the CBE department), and 9 credits of technical electives (essentially any 500+ level mathematics, science or engineering course, including CBE). It is recommended that within these 9 credits of technical electives are included 3 credits of a life science elective.

  • Pharmaceutical Engineering curriculum. Students take 5 pharmaceutical engineering courses for the 15 credits of electives. Appropriate pharmaceutical engineering courses include:

    • 155:541 Pharmaceutical Materials Engineering
    • 155:544 Pharmaceutical Organic Nanotechnology – Drug Delivery
    • 155:545 Pharmaceutical Process Design I (Synthesis, Separation and Sterile Processing in the Pharmaceutical Industry)
    • 155:546 Pharmaceutical Process Design II (Pharmaceutical Unit Operations)
    • 155:547 Statistical Analysis and Design of Pharmaceutical Operations
    • 155:548 Advanced Topics in Pharmaceutical Engineering
    • 155:549 Advanced Engineering Pharmaceutical Kinetics, Thermodynamics, and Transport Processes (Pharmaceutical Development, Administration and Absorption)

In addition to the 30 credit course load, students must also submit a critical essay.

Course Descriptions

Thesis Option

Students complete 30 credits of course work including 15 credits of core courses, 9 credits of electives and 6 credits of research.

Core Courses

  • 155:501 Advanced Transport Phenomena I
  • 155:502 Advanced Transport Phenomena II
  • 155:507 Analytical Methods in Chemical & Biochemical Engg.
  • 155:511 Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
  • 155:514 Kinetics, Catalysis, and Reactor Design

Electives and Research

  • Students take 3 credits of chemical engineering electives (500+ level courses offered within the CBE department), 3 credits of life science electives, and 6 credits of technical electives (essentially any 500+ level mathematics, science or engineering course, including CBE).
  • ​​6 credits of thesis research (155:701/702)

​In addition to the 30 credit course load, students must submit a thesis on their research.