Program Overview

CBEE offers graduate degrees in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, and Environmental Engineering.

Program Support & Research Opportunities

Faculty Research Areas

Faculty members in CBEE collaborate with local research centers, including the FDA, the NIH, the USGS, the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins University.


Our alumni have continued to have successful careers in:

  • Government (including NIST, USGS, US Naval Research Laboratory),
  • Industry (including KIP Biopharma, AstraZeneca, Merck, Paragon Bioservices, GSK, Wyeth, Amgen, DSM and Lonza),
  • Academia (including University of Alabama, Howard University, Colorado State University, and St. Louis University) and
  • Consulting and Analysts (including DRG, Arcadis, Wolf Greenfield and Ramboll Environ).

Financial Support & Funding

Doctoral Students

Those interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering or Environmental Engineering can apply after earning an undergraduate degree or master’s degree, as long as the necessary program requirements are fulfilled.

Graduate teaching and research assistantships are available to qualified doctoral candidates through the Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering program.  Full-time PhD students admitted to the department are paid a stipend plus tuition remission and health insurance. The Fall 2022 PhD stipend is of $34,967/year.

Master’s Students

Students seeking a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering or Chemical Engineering may find funding as a research assistant in a laboratory or as a TA in another department on campus. However, it is the student’s responsibility to secure their own funding.

International students can find additional resources on Financing Your Studies at UMBC’s Center for Global Engagement.

Funding available for Environmental Engineering MS students (2020-2025)

ICARE - Ecology, Engineering, Social Science, PolicyInterdisciplinary Consortium for Applied Research in Ecology and Evolution (ICARE): Broadening Participation Across the Environmental Sciences in Baltimore Harbor National Science Foundation, Research Training (NRT) Grant.

The ICARE NRT Master’s Degree Program in community-engaged environmental science and social justice is now accepting applications. ICARE supports students performing research focused on improving the health of Baltimore Harbor as a socioecosystem. The ICARE program will begin reviewing applicants after January 1, 2021. Also worth noting is that the ICARE program will be running for the next 5 years, and plans to train 3 cohorts of students, earning degrees in 2023, 2024, and 2025.


More information on funding opportunities can be found by visiting UMBC’s Graduate School website. Research & Travel Grants are also provided via the Graduate Student Association.