Masters-Chemical Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University

Master's Programs

Master Degree Programs in Chemical Engineering

The Master's program in Chemical Engineering provides modern degree programs that take advantage of the specialties of Carnegie Mellon University and prepare students with skills and technical depth relevant for a variety of careers.  A core curriculum has been developed by the faculty of Chemical Engineering to prepare students for the types of complex engineering problems faced by today's Chemical Engineer.  The focus is on developing comfort and familiarity with modern engineering tools and applying these to larger and more complex problems than are typically feasible for a BS chemical engineering curriculum.   Graduates of the Masters programs are familiar with numerical methods for solving engineering problems, computational fluid mechanics and transport, process simulation, and optimization.  Graduates will also have access to the cutting edge research programs at CMU through project work and graduate-level courses.

The department offers two different degree programs.  The Masters of Chemical Engineering (MChE) is a 96-unit course work degree that is designed to be completed in two academic semesters.  The Masters of Science (MS) in Chemical Engineering involves both course work and project work and the 144-unit degree is designed to be completed in four academic semesters. Both degrees offer technical depth, an opportunity to develop the computational skills that CMU is known for.  The MChE allows for breadth through additional courses taken while the MS provides depth and specialization though an independent project.
Masters Grid
Masters Grid

The core curriculum is made up of four courses and accounts for 48 units of the degree.  The core courses are offered each year with focus on technical depth and software aptitude:

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

Elective courses are chosen by students in the program to fit their interests and career goals.  Sampling the diverse course offerings at a world class research institution is done with the advice of the faculty in Chemical Engineering.

Students in the MS program complete a three semester independent project working closely with a research group in the Department.   These projects are designed to provide students with exposure to a one of the sub-disciplines of Chemical Engineering that is a strength of the department (see Research).   Students are required to prepare a final report of the project work to develop written communication skills.

MS in Colloids, Polymers, and Surfaces (CPS)


Course work required for the MS in Colloids, Polymers, and Surfaces (CPS) is relevant to many industries, as chemical product manufacture and process development often require applications involving complex fluids that include nanoparticles, macromolecules and interfaces. Examples include industries working with nanotechnology, coatings and pigments, pharmaceuticals, surfactant-based products, cosmetics, pulp and paper, ink, food science, environmental science, agricultural products, polymers/advanced materials and biomaterials. 

The Carnegie Institute of Technology and Mellon College of Science jointly offer an interdisciplinary MS degree in the Colloids, Polymers and Surfaces. Students electing this option must complete 96 units including the following minimum coursework:

 06-705 Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
or 09-611 Chemical Thermodynamics (mini)/ 09-603 Math Analysis for Chemistry (mini)

06-607 Physical Chemistry of Colloids and Surfaces
06-609 Physical Chemistry of Macromolecules
39-801CPS Lab I:  Colloids and Surfaces
39-802CPS Lab II: Polymers
06-608 Safety course, recommended

Students may elect to do an independent project (and submit a satisfactory written report) and/or other advanced technical electives with approval of CPS Program Director to complete the 96 unit minimum requirement. Students in this program are advised by Professor Annette Jacobson, Director of the CPS Program. Students in the MS CPS program must finish with an overall “B” average. No grade lower than “C” is acceptable.