Carnegie Mellon University

5th Year Master of Chemical Engineering (M.ChE.)


The object to this degree is to provide the opportunity for qualified undergraduate students to obtain a master degree in Chemical Engineering in one academic year.  The goal is to produce skilled engineers who will have a deeper understanding of the fundamentals of chemical engineering as well as a broader set of professional skills and exposure to other technical disciplines.


The program is aimed primarily at undergraduate students from Carnegie Mellon, although candidates with strong credentials from other universities are welcome.  No financial support is available.  For Carnegie Mellon students, the degree would be typically completed in their fifth year.  Depending on the number of advanced placement courses and semester overloads, the degree might be completed, however, at the time of their B.S. graduations or with one additional semester.  For the fifth year, Carnegie Mellon students would register as graduate students.  Carnegie Mellon students upon graduating from this program would seek industrial positions of placement in graduate programs at other universities.  Students from other universities in the M. ChE. Program may apply for the Ph.D. program at Carnegie Mellon if they show exceptional promise. 


The MChE degree requires the completion of at least eight courses and 96 units with a cumulative QPA of 3.0 or higher.

a)      48 units minimum

Four core graduate level courses in Chemical Engineering

  • 06-623 Mathematical Modeling of Chemical Engineering Processes
  • 06-625 Chemical and Reactive Systems
  • 06-663 Analysis and Modeling of Transport Phenomena
  • 06-665 Process Systems Modeling

PhD core courses will be considered, but only if there are scheduling conflicts with the MChE core courses while completing the BS degree.

b)      One technical elective (minimum 9 units)

Students must take at least one advanced level course in chemical engineering (06-600 level or higher) or a technical course outside the department (xx-Nxx where N≥3).**  This requirement also may be fulfilled by 9 or more units of individual research (06-600).


                        06-607 Physical Chemistry of Colloids and Surfaces
                        06-619 Semiconductor Processing Technology
                        06-716 Electrochemical Engineering
                        03-620 Techniques in Electron Microscopy
                        09-510 Intro to Green Chemistry
                        33-755 Quantum Mechanics I
                        21-660 Intro to Numerical Analysis I
                        15-413 Software Engineering Practicum
                        47-834 Linear Programming
                        36-707 Regression Analysis

 c)  Breadth, Depth, and Skill coursework (minimum 36 units)

Students in the MChE program must take a minimum 36 units of elective courses (300 level or higher) in any other discipline.  Individual research (06-600) also can be counted in this category up to an overall maximum of 24 research project units when summed with units used to satisfy the above technical course requirement.


            09-441 Nuclear and Radiochemistry
            33-348 Introduction to Solid State Physics
            70-371 Production I
            70-391 Finance

Students can consult the Masters Advisor (Allyson Danley) for help with course selection and timing of courses, especially if the student wants to start satisfying the degree requirements before graduating with the BS.  Guidance is also provided formally at the Graduate Student Orientation usually held two weeks before the beginning of the fall semester classes.

d) Admission for Current Carnegie Mellon Students

Students from Carnegie Mellon apply to the MChE program via an online form on the department website.  Internal applicants do not use the Apply Yourself application system.

A minimum of five completed semesters in residence as an undergraduate student and an overall QPA of 3.0 are required for eligibility. Taking the GRE and recommendation letters are not required.  The application fee is waived for currently-enrolled undergraduate Chemical Engineering students.  The deadline for applications is the last day of classes in the semester prior to the student’s intended start semester.  For example, students wishing to apply for Spring 2019 admission must apply by the last day of classes in Fall 2018.

**   A “technical course” is defined as any course with significant mathematical, engineering, or scientific content.  Please consult the Graduate Advisor, Allyson Danley, to determine if courses meet these requirements.