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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 2016
  • Length of program in credits: 30
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of 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. The program requires 30 credits of coursework and applied research focusing on core departmental strengths of process modeling and simulation, environmental monitoring and remediation, and transport phenomena. There are two options for completing an MSChE degree: Plan A (thesis option), and Plan B (project option). Plan A involves writing and defending a thesis which requires in-depth research equivalent to 10 credits out of total 30 credits. Plan B involves a capstone project equivalent to 3 credits (out of 30 total credits) and targets those students or practicing engineers who wish to have a hands-on learning experience solving technical problems preferably teaming up with an industrial counterpart. Undergraduate students in the UMD BSChE program may apply for the Master of Science in Chemical Engineering Integrated Undergraduate (MS IUG) Program Students in the IUG program may start their graduate coursework prior to the completion of their BSChE degree and apply up to 9 credits of course work to both their undergraduate (BSChE) and graduate (MSChE) degrees.
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 in engineering and 3.25 in science.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
B.S. in ChE or other Engineering from an ABET accredited institution or admission to the integrated undergraduate/graduate option. Other undergraduate degrees may be accepted with additional coursework in ChE required prior to beginning the program requirements for the MS degree. Additional course work may include, ChE 2111 Material and Energy Balances, ChE 2121 Thermodynamics, ChE 3111 Fluid Mechanics, ChE 3112 Heat and Mass Transfer, ChE 4111 Separations, ChE 4301 Reaction Engineering. Examples of such degree programs include B.S. in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Geology, or Physics. The GRE (Graduate Record Exam) is required. Preferred minimum scores are Verbal=153 (550-old scoring system), Quantitative=160 (650-old scoring system). For international applicants whose native language is not English, a TOEFL score preferred performance minimum is 213 on the computer-based test
Applicants must submit their test score(s) from the following:
  • GRE
    • General Test - Verbal Reasoning: 153
    • General Test - Quantitative Reasoning: 160
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 213
Key to test abbreviations (GRE, TOEFL).
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:TBD
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.
Students with a B.S. in the sciences are expected to have knowledge of material and energy balances, heat and mass transfer, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, chemical reaction engineering, and process control. Proficiency will be determined by the completion of at least three undergraduate courses as determined by the Major Advisor and Program of Study Committee. Only 6 elective credits may be taken at the 4xxx level. All other courses must be taken at the 5xxx level or higher.
Core Requirements (11 cr)
Must take CHE 8150 for a total of 2 credits.
CHE 8150 - Seminar (1.0 cr)
Take 3 or more course(s) totaling 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
· CHE 5021 - Transport Phenomena (3.0 cr)
· CHE 5031 - Chemical Engineering Analysis (3.0 cr)
· CHE 5121 - Advanced Thermodynamics (3.0 cr)
· CHE 5301 - Advanced Chemical Reactor Design (3.0 cr)
Plan A or Plan B
Plan A
Must take CHE 8777 for a minimum 10 credits. Electives must be approved and at the 4xxx level or higher.
CHE 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's (1.0-10.0 cr)
9 cr electives
or Plan B
Must take CHE 8555 for a minimum 3 credits. Additional coursework and electives must be approved and at the 4xxx level or higher.
CHE 5555 - Project Credits: MEng - Chemical Engineering (3.0-6.0 cr)
7 cr additional coursework
9 cr electives
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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 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 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 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 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