Master of Science (MS) in Chemical Engineering

The MS in Chemical Engineering features core chemical engineering courses, electives, and a concentrated research or independent study experience with the student’s faculty advisor. Electives may be focused in many special subjects, including bioengineering, environmental engineering, computer science, materials science, and manufacturing engineering. New initiatives are underway in the multidisciplinary area of environmental systems that should provide a wealth of opportunities to graduate students in chemical engineering.

Employment Outcomes
Based on exit surveys of 2017 and 2018 Syracuse University Biomedical and Chemical Engineering MS graduates.

  • Companies that hire our MS graduates:
    AcrylChina, Anoplate Corporation, Aramco Performance Materials, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Duke University, FLSmidth Inc, Guangzhou Micro-shot Technology Co. Ltd., Indium Corporation, LumaCyte, Quadrant Biosciences, Vici Health Sciences
  • Job location:
    82% in the US, 18% outside of US
  • Job location within US:
    71% in Syracuse/Central New York, 29% Other
  • Job titles:
    Bioengineer, Downstream Research Scientist, Lab Scientist II, Laboratory technician, Process Engineer, Research Technician Intern, Technical Support Engineer, Application Engineer
  • Base salary range:
    $45,000 - 104,999
  • Median base salary range:
    $50,000 - 64,999

Admission Requirements
Prospective students must hold a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Chemical Engineering. Additional coursework may be required for students without a BS degree in Chemical Engineering or for those who lack adequate preparation.

Degree Requirements
The MS in Chemical Engineering is a flexible and individually-structured program, determined by the student and his/her advisor. The MS can be a terminal degree or an introduction to research before pursuing the Ph.D. Students can choose between two degree plans, designed to be completed in less than two years:

Plan 1

  • Minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate study (24 credits of coursework, 6 credits of thesis, with at least 12 credits of coursework in chemical engineering)
  • Master’s thesis defended in an oral examination

Plan 2

  • Minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate study (27 credits of coursework, 3 credits of M.S. project, 15 credits in chemical engineering)
  • Oral examination based on the independent study and the coursework

For more information, visit the Syracuse University Course Catalog and the Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering webpage.


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