The Graduate Program

The Graduate Program in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at Rutgers University – New Brunswick is one of the fastest growing programs in the nation. Students in the program may receive either the Master of Science (MS) or the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree. A new Master of Engineering (ME) degree geared toward students in industry has recently been added. 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. Graduates also pursue academic careers.  Learning goals for the Masters and PhD programs reflect these career paths.

The department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering has a dynamic and active faculty doing cutting-edge research in biotechnology/biomolecular engineering, nano-pharmaceutics, pharmaceutical engineering, and chemical engineering. The program is the host to an NIH sponsored Biotechnology training program, a Department of Education sponsored GAANN fellowship program in pharmaceutical engineering, two NSF funded IGERT graduate fellowship programs in Nano-Pharmaceutics and Stem Cells, and an NSF and industry sponsored National Engineering Research Center for Structured Organic Particulate Systems.

The program has 17 core chemical engineering faculty and 13 interdisciplinary faculty memebers from different disciplines in engineering, physical and biological sciences. Four core faculty joined the program in the past four years bringing together a dynamic group of active researchers. The research funding in 2009-2010 reached $8 million. Core faculty published over 320 scholarly refereed articles in world class journals in the past five years (3.81 annual publications per faculty).

New Jersey is home to many global chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and Rutgers University is located in the vicinity of a large number of pharmaceutical, biotechnology and chemical research and development centers The graduate program in chemical and biochemical engineering provides an ideal environment for graduate studies because of its strength in pharmaceutical engineering, biotechnology, chemical engineering and material science, and its strong research ties with the local industries.

The MS degree in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering is primarily a degree 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.

The new ME degree focuses on pharmaceutical engineering and serves New Jersey's many pharmaceutical industries and their employees. The ME program offers part-time as well as full-time studies, and prepares students in the fundamentals and applications of pharmaceutical engineering.

The Master of Business and Science (MBS) in Chemical Engineering 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. It is a combination of an MS in Chemical Engineering and MBA degree. 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 PhD in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering is primarily a research-oriented degree for students showing promise for original contributions to the fundamental and applications of chemical, biochemical and pharmaceutical engineering. The degree is a virtual requirement for those who intend to join academia, as well as for those planning on a research career.

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 Ioannis Androulakis
Biomedical Engineering Building, Room 212, SOE, Busch Campus

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