Students can choose from three degree pathways for a MS degree in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (CENG):
- thesis pathway
- project pathway
- course-only pathway
Prior Coursework Requirements
The following courses are required, with a grade of B or above, for those applying to the Chemical and Biochemical Engineering graduate programs:
- Multivariable Calculus (MATH 251)
- Organic Chemistry (CHEM 351)
- Differential Equations (MATH 225)
- Thermodynamics or Physical Chemistry (ENCH 300 (preferred), CHEM 301 (preferred)
Applicants should ensure their coursework covers the topics for the prerequistie courses.
Students pursuing a CENG MS are not required to have an undergraduate degree in an engineering discipline. All applicants, no matter what undergraduate degree one has completed, must have earned a B or better in key prerequisite courses.
Program Course Requirements
A minimum of 30 credit hours are required for all three pathways (thesis, project or course-only). Each students works with the their advisor to select the courses to meet the degree requirements and prepare them for their professional career. All students must satisfy the GPA and course requirements for their field of specialty within five years of admission.
For the project pathway, student must complete a research project under the advisment of a faculty member within the department.
For the thesis pathway, students must complete a qualifying examination, write a research thesis and pass an oral defense of the thesis.
CENG Core Curriculum
- ENCH 610 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
- ENCH 620 Methods of Engineering Analysis
- ENCH 630 Transport Phenomena
- ENCH 640 Advanced Chemical Reaction Kinetics
No more than six credits may be transferred from another university. Credit transfer and/or exceptions to the 6-credit transfer limit must be approved by the Graduate Program Director and the Associate Dean of the Graduate School.
The Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering admission requirements and procedures correspond to the requirements set forth by the UMBC Graduate School.
Admission requirements and procedures correspond to the requirements set forth by the UMBC Graduate School. Information on our Fee Free Application available here.