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Chemical Engineering M.S.Ch.E

Chemical Engineering
Swenson College of Science and Engineering
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176 Engineering, 1303 Ordean Court, Duluth, MN 55812 218-726-7126
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2022
  • Length of program in credits: 30
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The MSChE degree combines scholarship and research in a program oriented towards students and engineering practitioners in the private and public sectors who are interested in advanced coursework and applied research.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Preferred minimum GPA is 3.00 for engineering courses and 3.25 for science courses. Previous research experience will be considered in the case of applicants with GPAs below the preferred minimum.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
A BS in chemical engineering or other engineering major from an ABET-accredited institution is required unless applying to the BSChE/MSChE integrated degree program. Applicants with other undergraduate degrees (e.g., degrees in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, geology, or physics) may be considered but are expected to have knowledge of material and energy balances, heat and mass transfer, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, chemical reaction engineering, and separations. If necessary, proficiency in these areas will be determined by satisfactory completion of at least 3 undergraduate courses as determined by the advisor and program of study committee, which must be completed prior to the start of the MSChE. Additional courses may include ChE 2111, ChE 2121, ChE 3111, ChE 3112, ChE 4111, ChE 4301.
Special Application Requirements:
The GRE is not required. International and domestic applicants whose first language is not English must submit current score(s) from one of the following tests:
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 6.5
    • Reading Score: 6.5
    • Writing Score: 6.5
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan A: Plan A requires 14 to 20 major credits, 0 to 6 credits outside the major, and 10 thesis credits. The final exam is oral.
Plan B: Plan B requires 24 to 30 major credits and 0 to 6 credits outside the major. The final exam is oral. A capstone project is required.
Capstone Project:The Plan B project requires a minimum of 3 credits of CHE 5555 completed in consultation with the advisor.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
Only 6 elective credits may be taken at the 4xxx level. All other courses must be taken at the 5xxx level or higher. Students in the integrated BSChE/MSChE sub-plan may not apply any 4xxx credits to the MSChE degree.
Core Courses (8 credits)
Take the following courses. Take CHE 8150 for a total of 2 credits.
CHE 5021 - Transport Phenomena (3.0 cr)
CHE 5031 - Chemical Engineering Analysis (3.0 cr)
CHE 8150 - Seminar (1.0 cr)
Electives (12 to 19 credits)
Plan A students select 12 credits and Plan B students select 19 credits from the following in consultation with the advisor. Other courses can be selected with advisor and director of graduate studies approval.
CHE 5011 - Process Optimization: Lean Six Sigma (3.0 cr)
CHE 5121 - Advanced Thermodynamics (3.0 cr)
CHE 5131 - Polymer Engineering (3.0 cr)
CHE 5301 - Advanced Chemical Reactor Design (3.0 cr)
CHE 5601 - Biochemical Engineering I (3.0 cr)
CHE 5612 - Hazardous Waste Process Engineering (3.0 cr)
CHE 5621 - Particle Technology (3.0 cr)
CHE 5701 - Biochemical Engineering II (3.0 cr)
CHE 5711 - Biomedical Engineering (3.0 cr)
CHE 5991 - Graduate Independent Study in Chemical Engineering (1.0-3.0 cr)
CHE 5995 - Special Topics in Chemical Engineering: (Various Titles to be Assigned) (1.0-4.0 cr)
Plan Options
Plan A
Thesis Credits
Take 10 master's thesis credits.
CHE 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's (1.0-10.0 cr)
-OR-
Plan B
Plan B Project (3 credits)
Take a minimum of 3 credits of the following in consultation with the advisor:
CHE 5555 - Project Credits: MEng - Chemical Engineering (3.0-6.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
A sub-plan is not required for this program.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Integrated B.S.Ch.E./M.S.Ch.E
The Swenson College of Science and Engineering offers an integrated Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (BSChE) and Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (MSChE) degree. The integrated BSChE/MSChE program offers students the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in five years. The integrated program offers several benefits: streamlined admissions from the undergraduate to the graduate program and flexibility in fulfilling required courses for both degrees during the senior year (up to 9 credits of approved 5000-level courses can be applied to the MSChE). Eligibility requirements for the integrated program: Application is open to UMD BSChE students who - are within 32 credits of completing the requirements for the bachelor’s degree; - have a MSChE faculty advisor selected prior to admission; and – hold a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher. Both the BSChE and MSChE degrees must be completed in their entirety. The graduate degree cannot be earned before the undergraduate requirements are satisfied.
 
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CHE 5021 - Transport Phenomena
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Study of the fundamentals and field equations for momentum, heat and mass transport with emphasis on the prediction of transport rates in chemical engineering applications. prereq: 3112 or Grad student or instructor consent
CHE 5031 - Chemical Engineering Analysis
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd, Spring Even Year
Development of mathematical and statistical models for chemical engineering systems; simulation of these systems using digital computers; and system optimization and analysis of results. prereq: 4111 or Grad student or instructor consent
CHE 8150 - Seminar
Credits: 1.0 [max 2.0]
Prerequisites: graduate ChE major or instructor consent
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Practice in preparation and oral presentation of reports on articles from the literature or on graduate research. prereq: graduate ChE major or instructor consent
CHE 5011 - Process Optimization: Lean Six Sigma
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Emphasis on applying Lean and 6 Sigma process design and improvement technicquest, data driven decision making, cultural transformation and effective change communication. prereq: Instructor consent required; credit will not be granted if already received for CHE 5193
CHE 5121 - Advanced Thermodynamics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Theory and application of phase equilibrium thermodynamics. Estimation and correlation of thermodynamic properties. Multicomponent systems. Solution theory. High pressure equilibrea. Corresponding states. prereq: 2121 or instructor consent
CHE 5131 - Polymer Engineering
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Polymeric materials have a tremendous variety of applications in synthetic fibers, packaging, automobiles, electronic instruments, energy, sports, etc. This course will focus on theoretical and engineering applications of polymer design, processing, and production. prereq: CHEM 1153 or 1173 and minimum 60 credits or instructor consent
CHE 5301 - Advanced Chemical Reactor Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Theory of advanced chemical reactor design. Reaction rate theory. Heterogeneous catalysis and transport processes. Analysis of non-ideal reactors, Stability. Optimization. Multiphase systems. prereq: 4301 or instructor consent
CHE 5601 - Biochemical Engineering I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Application of chemical engineering principles to design and operation of industrial biological processes, emphasizing enzyme and cell growth kinetics. prereq: 2111 or 2211, grad student and instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for 4601
CHE 5612 - Hazardous Waste Process Engineering
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Identification of hazardous substances and their effects. Federal, State and International regulations. Green Engineering - modification of processes to avoid hazardous waste formation. Life Cycle Management of hazardous substances. Design of waste treatment processes. prereq: Grad student or BSChE candidate with ChE 2111 or 2211, 3112 and 4111
CHE 5621 - Particle Technology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Applications of particle technology, especially in the chemical and minerals industry context. Particle concepts including: particle characterization, slurry characterization, size reduction, size enlargement, particle separation, and multi-phase processes. The major unit operations common to solids processing: mining, crushing, concentration by sedimentation, filtration, flotation, and pryrometallurgy. prereq: 3111 and Grad Student; credit will not be granted if already received for 4621
CHE 5701 - Biochemical Engineering II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Continuation of ChE 4601/5601. Advanced design and operation of bioreactors for varied cultivation methods, transport limitations, and reactor types. Operation and control considerations for aeration, agitation, heat transfer, and instrumentation. Unit operations for recovery and purification of products. Microbial, animal, plant, and mixed culture applications. prereq: 4601 or 5601, grad student; credit will not be granted if already received for 4701
CHE 5711 - Biomedical Engineering
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to the field of Biomedical Engineering. Topics covered include cell and tissue engineering, transport phenomena in biological systems, biomaterials, bioelectricity and neural engineering, development of biomedical devices, and government regulations in the biomedical industry. prereq: 3111, 3112 or grad student or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for CHE 4711.
CHE 5991 - Graduate Independent Study in Chemical Engineering
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Directed study of special interest topics not available in the standard curriculum. Must be arranged with instructor before registration. May include readings, research and/or special projects. prereq: graduate student and instructor consent
CHE 5995 - Special Topics in Chemical Engineering: (Various Titles to be Assigned)
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Topics not available in the regular department curriculum. Topics may include specialties of the department or visiting faculty. prereq: Graduate student or instructor consent
CHE 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's
Credits: 1.0 -10.0 [max 10.0]
Prerequisites: graduate student
Grading Basis: No Grade
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
. prereq: graduate student
CHE 5555 - Project Credits: MEng - Chemical Engineering
Credits: 3.0 -6.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Master of Engineering project work as determined by faculty adviser and student with approval by the department director of graduate studies. prereq: MEng candidate, instructor consent