The Graduate Program

The Graduate Program in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at Rutgers University – New Brunswick provides a range of unique opportunities for advanced training and research across the chemical engineering discipline. We combine an innovative educational experience with many opportunities for practical training and connections to local industry and professional societies. Students in the program may receive either the Master of Engineering (ME), Master of Science (MS) or the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree. Graduates of the Department pursue successful careers in a wide variety of industrial settings ranging from pharmaceutical, biotechnology, advanced materials, to the more traditional areas of chemicals, oil, and gas. Doctoral graduates also pursue academic careers.

The Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering has a dynamic and active faculty engaged in cutting-edge research addressing modern challenges in chemical engineering.

Based on a strong foundation in computational methods, modeling and systems engineering, our work is clustered in the areas of pharmaceutical science and technology, engineering in the life sciences (biotechnology, biomolecular engineering, tissue engineering) and the design, manufacture and applications of nanostructured materials.

Specific research programs cover areas such as catalysis for sustainability, continuous pharmaceutical manufacturing, drug delivery systems, metabolic engineering and synthetic biology, process systems engineering, biofuels, and risk management.

Our research efforts are enhanced by the presence within the department of the Center on Structured Organic Particulate Systems (C-SOPS), which brings together a cross-disciplinary team of researchers from major universities working closely with industry leaders and regulatory authorities to improve the manufacture of pharmaceuticals, foods, and agriculture products. The faculty also participate in an NIH-sponsored biotechnology training program, which provides unique opportunities for cross-disciplinary training, industrial interactions, and exposure to innovation and entrepreneurship activities.

Graduate Degrees

Master of Science
The MS in Chemical Engineering is primarily for students who wish to equip themselves with a more solid foundation of chemical engineering fundamentals and prepare themselves for professional advancement in industry. A part-time MS program serves the needs of professional engineers who wish to pursue an MS degree while continuing to work in industry.

Master of Engineering 
The ME in Pharmaceutical Engineering curriculum provides advanced study in chemical engineering that prepares students in the fundamentals and applications of pharmaceutical engineering. It serves New Jersey's many pharmaceutical industries and their employees. The ME program offers part-time as well as full-time studies. 

Combined Bachelor/Master Degree
The combined bachelor’s/master’s degree program enables current Rutgers students pursuing their BS in Chemical Engineering to begin graduate studies in the final year of their BS program, thus accelerating completion of their Master degree. (BS/MS application)

Master of Business and Science
The MBS degree is part of Rutgers' Professional Science Master's programs that bring together master's level study in science, engineering, and math with courses in business and policy. The business and policy component of the degree consists of core courses in finance and accounting, marketing, communication and leadership, management of science and technology electives, ethics and a capstone course covering entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship. The science component allows advanced study in an area of concentration, with Chemical Engineering and Pharmaceutical Engineering both options supported by our program. (

Doctoral Degree
The PhD in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering is a research-oriented degree with a focus on original contributions to the fundamentals and applications of chemical, biochemical, and pharmaceutical engineering. Students pursue careers in academia, industry and government.


Contact Information for the Graduate Program

Graduate Program Director: Professor Charlie Roth
Engineering Building C-226, SOE, Busch Campus

Graduate Program Coordinator: Lynn DeCaprio 
Engineering Building , SOE, Busch Campus
Phone:848-445-2228, 848-445-4949

Graduate Admissions Director: Professor Meenakshi Dutt
Engineering Building, Room C-229, SOE, Busch Campus

Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions
56 College Ave 
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone: 848-932-7711
Fax: 732-932-8231