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

Rutgers School of Engineering’s Master of Science (MS) in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering program provides outstanding graduate training in chemical and biochemical related science and engineering. Located in the heart of New Jersey’s pharmaceutical corridor, our program’s thesis and non-thesis options combine a robust curriculum with ample opportunities for research, practical training, and forging industry connections.

CBE Curriculum Highlights

Core courses and electives—for both thesis and non-thesis degree options—are supported with close advising and mentoring by expert faculty. We offer:

  • A supportive and stimulating environment that promotes students’ individual and professional growth
  • Core chemical engineering courses in:
    • Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
    • Advanced Transport Phenomena I: Momentum Transfer
    • Advanced Transport Phenomena II: Heat and Mass Transfer
    • Kinetics, Catalysis, and Reactor Design
    • Analytical Methods in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
  • Electives in a wide range of topics from multiple areas in chemical and biochemical engineering
  • Practical training courses, including industrial internships
  • Non-thesis MS degree option in pharmaceutical engineering that trains students in the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in next-generation pharmaceutical product design and manufacturing
  • Conveniently scheduled evening courses provide maximum flexibility to working professionals
  • Opportunity to take catch-up courses for students without an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering as part of the degree

Academics and Research

  • Students enjoy many opportunities for research under the guidance of our expert faculty.
  • Cross-disciplinary researchers from major universities come together at centers such as the Center for Structured Organic Particulate Systems (C-SOPS), which is improving how pharmaceuticals and other products are manufactured, and the Catalyst Manufacturing Center.
  • Cutting-edge equipment includes Raman spectrometer with confocal microscope, gas-phase kinetic reactors, high-performance imaging systems, and thermogravimetric analyzer, along with advanced computational resources and software systems.

Master of Science Degree Requirements

  • 30 credits, including 15 credits of core courses, plus:
    • Non-thesis option: 15 credits of electives (at least 6 from within CBE)
    • Thesis option: 9 credits of electives, 6 credits of thesis research

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Additional Information

  • 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.