MS, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering


Students can choose from three degree pathways for a MS degree in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (CENG):

  • thesis pathway
  • project pathway
  • course-only pathway

Students interested in completing a research project in Chemical Engineering can do so within the project pathway.  For the thesis pathway, students complete a qualifying examination, write a research thesis and pass an oral defense of the thesis. All students must satisfy the GPA and course requirements for their field of specialty within five years of admission.

Course Requirements

For all pathways, a minimum of 30 credit-hours of course work in technical areas relating directly to chemical engineering is required, including the core curriculum. Up to nine credit-hours of advanced, upper level undergraduate courses may count toward this minimum. For the MS thesis pathway at least six credit hours, and no more than nine credit hours, of Thesis Research (ENCH 799) can be used as part of the 30 credit hour minimum. Each students works with the their advisor to select the courses to meet the degree requirements and prepare them for their professional career.

CENG Core Curriculum
  • ENCH 610 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
  • ENCH 620 Methods of Engineering Analysis or
    MATH 404 Introduction to Partial Differential Equations
  • ENCH 630 Transport Phenomena
  • ENCH 640 Advanced Chemical Reaction Kinetics
Transfer Credits

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.

Program Prerequisites

Students looking to pursuing a Master’s degree in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering may or may not have a 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.

The key prerequisites for the Chemical and Biochemical Engineering graduate programs are:


Admission requirements and procedures correspond to the requirements set forth by the UMBC Graduate School. Information on our Fee Free Application available here.