Prospective Graduate Students: Advancing Leaders in Engineering

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 has a dynamic and active faculty of 22 doing cutting-edge research in many areas of chemical engineering. Based on a very strong foundation in computational methods, modeling and systems engineering, our faculty’s 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, next generation pharmaceutical engineering, drug delivery systems, modeling of metabolic pathways, refinery operations, nucleation and solubility of drugs in polymers, biomass conversion, risk management, etc. 

Our research efforts are enhanced by the presence within the department of the Center for 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 way pharmaceuticals, foods, and agriculture products are manufactured. 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.

We offer students several degree programs: 

  • Masters of Science (MS): 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.
  • Masters of Engineering (ME): The new M.E. degree focuses on preparing students in the fundamentals and applications of pharmaceutical engineering and serves New Jersey's many pharmaceutical companies and their employees. The M.E. program offers part-time, full-time degree options.
  • The combined Bachelor's/Master's program provides an opportunity for accelerated study and attainment of the Masters degree, building upon the solid foundation laid in the student's undergraduate study. Both a combined BS/MS and BS/ME can be pursued
  • Master of Business and Science (MBS): The Master of Business and Science (MBS) in Chemical Engineering degree is part of Rutgers' Professional Science Master's programs that brings 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.
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): 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.

Further highlights of the program and information about admissions profiles can be found here

For more information on how to apply, click here to visit the Graduate School - New Brunswick website.

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